Sharon K. Ahluwalia

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BACKGROUND Cockroach and mouse allergens have both been implicated as causes in inner-city asthma morbidity in multicenter studies, but whether both allergens are clinically relevant within specific inner-city communities is unclear. OBJECTIVE Our study aimed to identify relevant allergens in Baltimore City. METHODS One hundred forty-four children (5-17(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Indoor pollutants and allergens cause asthma symptoms and exacerbations and influence the risk of developing asthma. We review recent studies regarding the effects of the indoor environment on childhood asthma. RECENT FINDINGS Exposure to some indoor allergens and second hand smoke are causally related to the development of asthma in(More)
Background Exposure to endotoxin is known to trigger airway inflammation and symptoms, and atopy may modify the relationship between endotoxin exposure and symptom development. Objective To test the a priori hypothesis that atopic status modifies the relationship between endotoxin exposure and respiratory symptom development. Methods A prospective study(More)
REVIEWER COMMENTS. This study was the first to demonstrate that gut bacterial colonization may affect B-cell activation and maturation in humans. The study showed that early colonization of the gut with S aureus, which is increasingly common with improved sanitary conditions in the Western world, is associated with lower counts of circulating memory B cells(More)
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