Airway diseases and allergies in East and West German children during the first 5 years after reunification: time trends and the impact of sulphur dioxide and total suspended particles.

@article{Kraemer1999AirwayDA,
  title={Airway diseases and allergies in East and West German children during the first 5 years after reunification: time trends and the impact of sulphur dioxide and total suspended particles.},
  author={Ursula Kraemer and Heidrun Behrendt and R Dolgner and Ulrich Ranft and Johannes Hofaker Ring and H. Willer and H.-W. Schlipk{\"o}ter},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={865-73}
}
BACKGROUND East-West comparison studies in Europe find higher prevalences of infectious airway diseases and lower prevalences of allergies in eastern areas. Pollution from sulphur dioxide (SO2) or total suspended particles (TSP) are discussed as causes of this difference. METHODS In four differently polluted areas of East Germany where pollution decreased dramatically between 1989 and 1995 cross-sectional studies in about 7-year-old children were repeated every year between 1991 and 1995. In… CONTINUE READING

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