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Rising prevalence of asthma is sex-specific in a US farming Caroline A. Motika, MD,a

Summary: Rising prevalence of asthma is sex-specific in a US farming
Caroline A. Motika, MD,a
Charalampos Papachristou, PhD,e
Mark Abney, PhD,b
Lucille A. Lester, MD,c
Carole Ober, PhDb,d
Chicago, Ill, and Philadelphia, Pa
Background: Asthma prevalence is increasing worldwide in
most populations, likely due to a combination of heritable
factors and environmental changes. Curiously, however, some
European farming populations are protected from asthma,
which has been attributed to their traditional lifestyles and
farming practices.
Objective: We conducted population-based studies of asthma
and atopy in the Hutterites of South Dakota, a communal
farming population, to assess temporal trends in asthma and
atopy prevalence and describe the risk factors for asthma.
Methods: We studied 1325 Hutterites (ages 6-91 years) at 2 time


Source: Abney, Mark - Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences; Biology and Medicine