Early growth characteristics and the risk of reduced lung function and asthma: A meta-analysis of 25,000 children.

@article{Dekker2016EarlyGC,
  title={Early growth characteristics and the risk of reduced lung function and asthma: A meta-analysis of 25,000 children.},
  author={Herman T den Dekker and Agnes M.M. Sonnenschein-van der Voort and Johan C. de Jongste and Isabella Anessi-Maesano and Syed Hasan Arshad and Henrique Barros and Caroline S Beardsmore and Hans Bisgaard and Sofia Correia Phar and Leone C.A. Craig and Graham Devereux and C. Kors van der Ent and Ana Esplugues and Maria Pia Fantini and Claudia Flexeder and Urs Frey and Francesco Forastiere and Ulrike Gehring and Davide Gori and Anne C. van der Gugten and Alexander John Henderson and Barbara Heude and Jes{\'u}s Mar{\'i}a Ibarluzea and Hazel M Inskip and Thomas Keil and Manolis Kogevinas and Eskil Kreiner-M{\o}ller and Claudia E Kuehni and Susanne Lau and Erik Mel{\'e}n and Monique Mommers and Eva Morales and John Penders and Katy Pike and Daniela Porta and I K M Reiss and Graham C Roberts and Anne Katherine Schmidt and Erica S Schultz and Holger Schulz and J. Oriol Sunyer and Mat{\'i}as Torrent and Maria E Vassilaki and Alet H. Wijga and Carlos Mario Carpio Zabaleta and Vincent W. V. Jaddoe and Liesbeth Duijts},
  journal={The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology},
  year={2016},
  volume={137 4},
  pages={
          1026-1035
        }
}
BACKGROUND Children born preterm or with a small size for gestational age are at increased risk for childhood asthma. OBJECTIVE We sought to assess the hypothesis that these associations are explained by reduced airway patency. METHODS We used individual participant data of 24,938 children from 24 birth cohorts to examine and meta-analyze the associations of gestational age, size for gestational age, and infant weight gain with childhood lung function and asthma (age range, 3.9-19.1 years… CONTINUE READING
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