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To further investigate the possibility of a cause and effect relationship between exposure to house-dust mite (HDM) allergens and respiratory disease associated with dust mite sensitivity, we compared schoolchildren living in the Alps, where exposure to HDM is low, with those living at sea level, where it is high. The study included 933 schoolchildren from(More)
To elucidate whether systemic reactions (SR) to drugs should be included in the atopic status in epidemiological studies, we compared the distribution of atopy in subjects with or without a history of SR to drugs. The studied population comprised 2067 adults, 20 to 60 years old, visiting a health care center for a check-up examination. The protocol included(More)
To better understand the clinical consequences of exposure to house dust mites (HDM), we investigated the relationship between treatment requirements to control symptoms in mite-allergic asthmatic patients and HDM-allergenic levels in their mattresses. This study included 49 asthmatic subjects recruited from an outpatient clinic. The protocol consisted of a(More)
As reliance of responses to epidemiological questionnaires on atopic symptoms is doubtful, we studied the predictive value of these questions relative to atopy, defined by the presence of serum specific IgE, taking into account some extraneous variables such as age and sex. The study population included 2067 adults, 20-60 years old. The protocol consisted(More)
In this study, we evaluated the prevalence of systemic reactions to hymenoptera stings in an adult general population, 20-60 years old. The protocol included a standardized questionnaire, skin tests to venom in subjects reporting a history of systemic reaction, and in subjects reporting a history of severe local and systemic reactions, as well as in a(More)
The reliability and reproducibility of experimental procedures is a cornerstone of scientific practice. There is a pressing technological need for the better representation of biomedical protocols to enable other agents (human or machine) to better reproduce results. A framework that ensures that all information required for the replication of experimental(More)