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The association between self-reported symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis and self-reported traffic density on street of residence in adolescents.
Epidemiology. 1996 Nov; 7(6):578-82.E

Abstract

We examined the association between self-reported symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis and self-reported exposure to motor vehicle traffic in adolescents in Münster, Germany. A total of 3,703 German students age 12-15 years completed a written and video questionnaire in 1994-1995. We found positive associations between both wheezing and symptoms of allergic rhinitis during the past 12 months and self-reported frequency of truck traffic. The sex- and age-adjusted prevalence odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for truck traffic, contrasting the categories "frequent" and "constant" against "never," were, for wheezing obtained by written questionnaire: 1.53 (95% CI = 1.15-2.05) and 2.15 (95% CI = 1.44-3.21); for wheezing obtained by video questionnaire: 1.61 (95% CI = 1.26-2.07) and 2.47 (95% CI = 1.74-3.52); and for symptoms of allergic rhinitis: 1.71 (95% CI = 1.36-2.15) and 1.96 (95% CI = 1.40-2.76), respectively. We found a similar positive association with self-reports on traffic noise. Putative confounding variables, including indicators of socio-economic status, smoking, etc, did not alter these associations substantially. The results correspond closely with findings of a survey carried out in 1991 in Bochum, Germany. Our results support the hypothesis that exposure to motor vehicle traffic is related to symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis in children, but we cannot rule out misclassification due to self-reports of traffic exposure.

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Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Münster, Germany.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8899382

Citation

Duhme, H, et al. "The Association Between Self-reported Symptoms of Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis and Self-reported Traffic Density On Street of Residence in Adolescents." Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), vol. 7, no. 6, 1996, pp. 578-82.
Duhme H, Weiland SK, Keil U, et al. The association between self-reported symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis and self-reported traffic density on street of residence in adolescents. Epidemiology. 1996;7(6):578-82.
Duhme, H., Weiland, S. K., Keil, U., Kraemer, B., Schmid, M., Stender, M., & Chambless, L. (1996). The association between self-reported symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis and self-reported traffic density on street of residence in adolescents. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), 7(6), 578-82.
Duhme H, et al. The Association Between Self-reported Symptoms of Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis and Self-reported Traffic Density On Street of Residence in Adolescents. Epidemiology. 1996;7(6):578-82. PubMed PMID: 8899382.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The association between self-reported symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis and self-reported traffic density on street of residence in adolescents. AU - Duhme,H, AU - Weiland,S K, AU - Keil,U, AU - Kraemer,B, AU - Schmid,M, AU - Stender,M, AU - Chambless,L, PY - 1996/11/1/pubmed PY - 1996/11/1/medline PY - 1996/11/1/entrez SP - 578 EP - 82 JF - Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) JO - Epidemiology VL - 7 IS - 6 N2 - We examined the association between self-reported symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis and self-reported exposure to motor vehicle traffic in adolescents in Münster, Germany. A total of 3,703 German students age 12-15 years completed a written and video questionnaire in 1994-1995. We found positive associations between both wheezing and symptoms of allergic rhinitis during the past 12 months and self-reported frequency of truck traffic. The sex- and age-adjusted prevalence odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for truck traffic, contrasting the categories "frequent" and "constant" against "never," were, for wheezing obtained by written questionnaire: 1.53 (95% CI = 1.15-2.05) and 2.15 (95% CI = 1.44-3.21); for wheezing obtained by video questionnaire: 1.61 (95% CI = 1.26-2.07) and 2.47 (95% CI = 1.74-3.52); and for symptoms of allergic rhinitis: 1.71 (95% CI = 1.36-2.15) and 1.96 (95% CI = 1.40-2.76), respectively. We found a similar positive association with self-reports on traffic noise. Putative confounding variables, including indicators of socio-economic status, smoking, etc, did not alter these associations substantially. The results correspond closely with findings of a survey carried out in 1991 in Bochum, Germany. Our results support the hypothesis that exposure to motor vehicle traffic is related to symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis in children, but we cannot rule out misclassification due to self-reports of traffic exposure. SN - 1044-3983 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8899382/The_association_between_self_reported_symptoms_of_asthma_and_allergic_rhinitis_and_self_reported_traffic_density_on_street_of_residence_in_adolescents_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/00001648-199611000-00003 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -