Increased sensitization in urban vs. rural environment--rural protection or an urban living effect?

@article{Priftis2007IncreasedSI,
  title={Increased sensitization in urban vs. rural environment--rural protection or an urban living effect?},
  author={Kostas N. Priftis and Michael B. Anthracopoulos and Alexandra Nikolaou-Papanagiotou and Vasiliki N Matziou and Athanasios Paliatsos and George Tzavelas and Polyxeni N. Nicolaidou and Eva C Mantzouranis},
  journal={Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology},
  year={2007},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={209-16}
}
In a population-based longitudinal cohort study, we tested the hypothesis that children growing up in a high-traffic polluted urban area (UA) in the Athens' basin have higher prevalence of allergies and sensitization when compared with those growing up in a Greek provincial rural area (RA). We recruited 478 and 342 children aged 8-10 living in the UA and the RA, respectively. Respiratory health was assessed by a parent-completed questionnaire in three phases: 1995-96 (phase 1), 1999-2000 (phase… CONTINUE READING

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