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Ann Am Thorac Soc ; 2020 Oct 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33090904

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RATIONALE: Few longitudinal studies have assessed the relationship between occupational exposures and lung function decline in the general population, with sufficiently long follow-up. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to examine this potential association in two large cohorts (ECRHS and SAPALDIA). METHODS: General population samples aged 18 to 62 were randomly selected in 1991-1993, and followed up approximately 10 and 20 years later. Spirometry (without bronchodilation) was performed at each visit. Coded complete job histories during follow-up visits were linked to a Job-Exposure Matrix, generating cumulative exposure estimates for 12 occupational exposures. FEV1 and FVC were jointly modelled in linear mixed-effects models, fitted in a Bayesian framework, taking into account age and smoking. RESULTS: A total of 40,024 lung function measurements from 17,833 study participants were analyzed. We found accelerated declines in FEV1 and the FEV1/FVC ratio for exposure to biological dust, mineral dust and metals (FEV1 -15.1ml, -14.4ml and -18.7ml respectively, and FEV1/FVC -0.52%, -0.43% and -0.36% respectively, per 25 intensity-years of exposure). These declines were comparable in magnitude to those associated with long-term smoking. No effect modification by sex or smoking status was identified. Findings were similar between the ECRHS and SAPALDIA cohorts. CONCLUSIONS: Our results greatly strengthen the evidence base implicating occupation, independent of smoking, as a risk factor for lung function decline. This highlights the need to prevent or control these exposures in the workplace.

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Eur Respir J ; 2020 Sep 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32972984

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Accelerated lung function decline has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a general population, but little is known about this association in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We investigated the association between accelerated lung function decline and CVD outcomes and mortality in a primary care COPD population.COPD patients without a history of CVD were identified in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD-GOLD) primary care dataset (n=36 282). Accelerated FEV1 decline was defined using the fastest quartile of the COPD population's decline. Cox regression assessed the association between baseline accelerated FEV1 decline and a composite CVD outcome over follow-up (myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, and CVD mortality). The model was adjusted for age, gender, smoking status, BMI, history of asthma, hypertension, diabetes, statin use, mMRC dyspnoea, exacerbation frequency, and baseline FEV1 percent predicted.6110 (16.8%) COPD patients had a CVD event during follow-up; median length of follow-up was 3.6 years [IQR 1.7-6.1]). Median rate of FEV1 decline was -19.4 mL·year-1 (IQR, -40.5 to 1.9); 9095 (25%) patients had accelerated FEV1 decline (>-40.5 mL·year-1), 27 287 (75%) did not (≤ -40.5 mL·year-1). Risk of CVD and mortality was similar between patients with and without accelerated FEV1 decline (HRadj 0.98 [95%CI, 0.90-1.06]). Corresponding risk estimates were 0.99 (95%CI 0.83-1.20) for heart failure, 0.89 (95%CI 0.70-1.12) for myocardial infarction, 1.01 (95%CI 0.82-1.23) for stroke, 0.97 (95%CI 0.81-1.15) for atrial fibrillation, 1.02 (95%CI 0.87-1.19) for coronary artery disease, and 0.94 (95%CI 0.71-1.25) for CVD mortality. Rather, risk of CVD was associated with mMRC score ≥2 and ≥2 exacerbations in the year prior.CVD outcomes and mortality were associated with exacerbation frequency and severity and increased mMRC dyspnoea but not with accelerated FEV1 decline.

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Eur Radiol ; 2020 Sep 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32885300

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OBJECTIVES: We describe 64 foetuses with cortical formation abnormalities (CFA) who had two in utero magnetic resonance (iuMR) exams, paying particular detail to those in which the original classification of CFA category changed between the two studies. The goal was to attempt to quantify the value of third-trimester follow-up studies in CFA foetuses on second-trimester iuMR imaging. METHODS: The 64 foetuses reviewed came from a CFA cohort of 374 foetuses reported in an earlier publication, which detailed a classification for foetal CFA. A consensus panel of senior paediatric neuroradiologists reviewed both studies, described any change in the category of CFA between them, and attempted to predict the possible clinical significance of any differences based on the combined clinical experience of the panel. RESULTS: In 40/64 (62%) foetuses, the CFA description was the same on both studies. In 24/64 (38%) cases, there was a category change which included three foetuses without CFA on first examination, six foetuses where the difference involved change in laterality/symmetry, and in 15 cases the re-classification involved categorical change within the same group. Brain abnormalities other than CFA were present in 30/64 (47%) foetuses on the first study and in 33/64 (52%) on the second. We predicted that prognosis would have changed on the basis of the second study in 8% of cases, all indicating worse prognosis. CONCLUSIONS: We have shown that the extra diagnostic and predicted prognostic yield justifies follow-up studies in the third trimester if a CFA is shown on the second-trimester iuMR imaging. KEY POINTS: • Sixty-four foetuses with cortical formation abnormalities had two iuMR studies, for the vast majority the baseline in the second trimester and the sequential in the third. • In three foetuses, the cortical formation abnormality (CFA) was not visible on the first study. In a further 21 foetuses, the categorical description of the CFA changed between the two studies. Prognosis changed in 8% of the cases following the second iuMR study, and in all cases, the prognosis was worse. • Multiple iuMR studies provide information about the natural history of CFA; the extra diagnostic and predicted prognostic yield justifies follow-up studies.

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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237769, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32817718

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Concerns exist that the positive association of physical activity with better lung function, which has been suggested in previous longitudinal studies in smokers, is due to reverse causation. To investigate this, we applied structural equation modeling (SEM), an exploratory approach, and marginal structural modeling (MSM), an approach from the causal inference framework that corrects for reverse causation and time-dependent confounding and estimates causal effects, on data from participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS, a multicentre European cohort study initiated in 1991-1993 with ECRHS I, and with two follow-ups: ECRHS II in 1999-2003, and ECRHS III in 2010-2014). 753 subjects who reported current smoking at ECRHS II, with repeated data on lung function at ECRHS I, II and III, physical activity at ECRHS II and III, and potential confounders at ECRHS I and II, were included in the analyses. SEM showed positive associations between physical activity and lung function in both directions. MSM suggested a protective causal effect of physical activity on lung function (overall difference in mean ß (95% CI), comparing active versus non-active individuals: 58 mL (21-95) for forced expiratory volume in one second and 83 mL (36-130) for forced vital capacity). Our results suggest bi-directional causation and support a true protective effect of physical activity on lung function in smokers, after accounting for reverse causation and time-dependent confounding.


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Asma/terapia , Exercício Físico , Pulmão/fisiologia , Infecções Respiratórias/terapia , Adolescente , Adulto , Asma/etiologia , Asma/fisiopatologia , Peso Corporal/fisiologia , Dieta , Feminino , Volume Expiratório Forçado/fisiologia , Inquéritos Epidemiológicos , Humanos , Estudos Longitudinais , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Testes de Função Respiratória , Fumantes , Fumar/efeitos adversos , Capacidade Vital/fisiologia , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0235478, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32603379

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OBJECTIVE: Most women live to experience menopause and will spend 4-8 years transitioning from fertile age to full menstrual stop. Biologically, reproductive ageing is a continuous process, but by convention, it is defined categorically as pre-, peri- and postmenopause; categories that are sometimes supported by measurements of sex hormones in blood samples. We aimed to develop and validate a new tool, a reproductive ageing score (RAS), that could give a simple and yet precise description of the status of reproductive ageing, without hormone measurements, to be used by health professionals and researchers. METHODS: Questionnaire data on age, menstrual regularity and menstrual frequency was provided by the large multicentre population-based RHINE cohort. A continuous reproductive ageing score was developed from these variables, using techniques of fuzzy mathematics, to generate a decimal number ranging from 0.00 (nonmenopausal) to 1.00 (postmenopausal). The RAS was then validated with sex hormone measurements (follicle stimulating hormone and 17ß-estradiol) and interview-data provided by the large population-based ECRHS cohort, using receiver-operating characteristics (ROC). RESULTS: The RAS, developed from questionnaire data of the RHINE cohort, defined with high precision and accuracy the menopausal status as confirmed by interview and hormone data in the ECRHS cohort. The area under the ROC curve was 0.91 (95% Confidence interval (CI): 0.90-0.93) to distinguish nonmenopausal women from peri- and postmenopausal women, and 0.85 (95% CI: 0.83-0.88) to distinguish postmenopausal women from nonmenopausal and perimenopausal women. CONCLUSIONS: The RAS provides a useful and valid tool for describing the status of reproductive ageing accurately, on a continuous scale from 0.00 to 1.00, based on simple questions and without requiring blood sampling. The score allows for a more precise differentiation than the conventional categorisation in pre-, peri- and postmenopause. This is useful for epidemiological research and clinical trials.


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Envelhecimento/fisiologia , Menopausa/fisiologia , Adulto , Idoso , Estudos de Coortes , Estradiol/sangue , Feminino , Hormônio Foliculoestimulante/sangue , Humanos , Estudos Longitudinais , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Perimenopausa , Pós-Menopausa , Reprodução/fisiologia , Inquéritos e Questionários/estatística & dados numéricos
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Sleep Breath ; 2020 Jul 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32632893

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PURPOSE: To study changes in lung function among individuals with a risk of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), and if asthma affected this relationship. METHODS: We used data from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey II and III, a multicentre general population study. Participants answered questionnaires and performed spirometry at baseline and 10-year follow-up (n = 4,329 attended both visits). Subjects with high risk for OSA were identified from the multivariable apnoea prediction (MAP) index, calculated from BMI, age, gender, and OSA symptoms at follow-up. Asthma was defined as having doctor's diagnosed asthma at follow-up. Primary outcomes were changes in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC) from baseline to follow-up. RESULTS: Among 5108 participants at follow-up, 991 (19%) had a high risk of OSA based on the MAP index. Participants with high OSA risk more often had wheeze, cough, chest tightness, and breathlessness at follow-up than those with low OSA risk. Lung function declined more rapidly in subjects with high OSA risk (low vs high OSA risk [mean ± SD]: FEV1 = - 41.3 ± 24.3 ml/year vs - 50.8 ± 30.1 ml/year; FVC = - 30.5 ± 31.2 ml/year vs - 45.2 ± 36.3 ml/year). Lung function decline was primarily associated with higher BMI and OSA symptoms. OSA symptoms had a stronger association with lung function decline among asthmatics, compared to non-asthmatics. CONCLUSION: In the general population, a high probability of obstructive sleep apnoea was related to faster lung function decline in the previous decade. This was driven by a higher BMI and more OSA symptoms among these subjects. The association between OSA symptoms and lung function decline was stronger among asthmatics.

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BMC Pulm Med ; 20(1): 171, 2020 Jun 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32546146

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BACKGROUND: Low lung function has been associated with increased body mass index (BMI). The aim of this study was to investigate whether the effect of BMI on lung function is mediated by DNA methylation. METHODS: We used individual data from 285,495 participants in four population-based cohorts: the European Community Respiratory Health Survey, the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966, the Swiss Study on Air Pollution and Lung Disease in Adults, and the UK Biobank. We carried out Mendelian randomisation (MR) analyses in two steps using a two-sample approach with SNPs as instrumental variables (IVs) in each step. In step 1 MR, we estimated the causal effect of BMI on peripheral blood DNA methylation (measured at genome-wide level) using 95 BMI-associated SNPs as IVs. In step 2 MR, we estimated the causal effect of DNA methylation on FEV1, FVC, and FEV1/FVC using two SNPs acting as methQTLs occurring close (in cis) to CpGs identified in the first step. These analyses were conducted after exclusion of weak IVs (F statistic < 10) and MR estimates were derived using the Wald ratio, with standard error from the delta method. Individuals whose data were used in step 1 were not included in step 2. RESULTS: In step 1, we found that BMI might have a small causal effect on DNA methylation levels (less than 1% change in methylation per 1 kg/m2 increase in BMI) at two CpGs (cg09046979 and cg12580248). In step 2, we found no evidence of a causal effect of DNA methylation at cg09046979 on lung function. We could not estimate the causal effect of DNA methylation at cg12580248 on lung function as we could not find publicly available data on the association of this CpG with SNPs. CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this is the first paper to report the use of a two-step MR approach to assess the role of DNA methylation in mediating the effect of a non-genetic factor on lung function. Our findings do not support a mediating effect of DNA methylation in the association of lung function with BMI.

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Eur Radiol ; 30(10): 5250-5260, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32405748

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OBJECTIVE: To formulate a classification system for foetal cortical formation abnormalities (CFAs) based on in utero magnetic resonance (iuMR) appearances and trial it in 356 cases. METHODS: This retrospective study included all cases of foetal CFA diagnosed between 2000 and 2017 from seven centres in Italy and UK. All of the studies were reviewed by a panel of paediatric neuroradiologists experienced in iuMR with the aid of an algorithm designed to categorise the abnormalities. RESULTS: Consensus expert review confirmed 356 foetuses with CFA and the first level of classification distinguished bilateral CFA (229/356-64%) from unilateral CFA (127/356-36%) cases with sub-classification of the bilateral cases into asymmetric (65/356-18%) and symmetric (164/356-46%) involvement. There was a statistically significant excess of foetuses with small head size, e.g. 17% of the cohort had a bi-parietal diameter < 3rd centile. There was a small but statistically significant excess of males in the cohort. Further categorisation was made on fine anatomical structure. CONCLUSIONS: It is often not possible to classify foetal CFA using the principles and nomenclature used in paediatric neuroradiology. We have created a classification system for foetal CFA based on the analysis of 356 cases and believe that this will assist future research designed to correlate ante-natal and post-natal imaging features and understand the clinical sequelae of CFA described in utero. KEY POINTS: • We describe a morphological classification system of foetal brain cortical formation abnormalities that can be used in clinical practice. • This classification system can be used in future research studies to evaluate the long-term imaging and clinical outcomes of foetal brain cortical formation abnormalities in 17- to 38-week gestational age range. • The practical value of the work is in providing a framework and language to look for imaging clues that may differentiate between different CFA in further studies.

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Neuroradiology ; 62(5): 617-627, 2020 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32002585

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to provide normative data about the appearances and dimensions of the cavum septi pellucidi and vergae (CSPV) on in utero MR (iuMR) imaging in second and third trimester foetuses. METHODS: Two hundred normal foetuses (from a low-risk pregnancy, with normal ante-natal USS findings and no intracranial abnormality of iuMR) had iuMR imaging between 18 and 37 gestational weeks (gw). The anatomical features on those studies were compared with published atlases of post-mortem foetal brains. The length, width and volume of the CSPV were measured in all foetuses. RESULTS: The anatomy of the CSPV and its relationship with the corpus callosum and the fornices on iuMR imaging was comparable with post-mortem data at all gestational ages studied. The length of the CSPV increased throughout pregnancy, whereas the width and volume of CSPV reached a maximum between 29 and 31 gw and then showed a reduction later in pregnancy. CONCLUSION: The iuMR imaging features of the CSPV and its close anatomical relations closely correspond to post-mortem data. The CSPV was patent in all cases but we have shown that closure commences in the midpart of the third trimester and advances in a posterior to anterior direction.

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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 3452, 2020 02 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32103063

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Investigating COPD trends may help healthcare providers to forecast future disease burden. We estimated sex- and smoking-specific incidence trends of pre-bronchodilator airflow obstruction (AO) among adults without asthma from 11 European countries within a 20-year follow-up (ECRHS and SAPALDIA cohorts). We also quantified the extent of misclassification in the definition based on pre-bronchodilator spirometry (using post-bronchodilator measurements from a subsample of subjects) and we used this information to estimate the incidence of post-bronchodilator AO (AOpost-BD), which is the primary characteristic of COPD. AO incidence was 4.4 (95% CI: 3.5-5.3) male and 3.8 (3.1-4.6) female cases/1,000/year. Among ever smokers (median pack-years: 20, males; 12, females), AO incidence significantly increased with ageing in men only [incidence rate ratio (IRR), 1-year increase: 1.05 (1.03-1.07)]. A strong exposure-response relationship with smoking was found both in males [IRR, 1-pack-year increase: 1.03 (1.02-1.04)] and females [1.03 (1.02-1.05)]. The positive predictive value of AO for AOpost-BD was 59.1% (52.0-66.2%) in men and 42.6% (35.1-50.1%) in women. AOpost-BD incidence was 2.6 (1.7-3.4) male and 1.6 (1.0-2.2) female cases/1,000/year. AO incidence was considerable in Europe and the sex-specific ageing-related increase among ever smokers was strongly related to cumulative tobacco exposure. AOpost-BD incidence is expected to be half of AO incidence.

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Thorax ; 75(4): 313-320, 2020 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32098862

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BACKGROUND: Previous studies have reported an association between weight increase and excess lung function decline in young adults followed for short periods. We aimed to estimate lung function trajectories during adulthood from 20-year weight change profiles using data from the population-based European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS). METHODS: We included 3673 participants recruited at age 20-44 years with repeated measurements of weight and lung function (forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1)) in three study waves (1991-93, 1999-2003, 2010-14) until they were 39-67 years of age. We classified subjects into weight change profiles according to baseline body mass index (BMI) categories and weight change over 20 years. We estimated trajectories of lung function over time as a function of weight change profiles using population-averaged generalised estimating equations. RESULTS: In individuals with normal BMI, overweight and obesity at baseline, moderate (0.25-1 kg/year) and high weight gain (>1 kg/year) during follow-up were associated with accelerated FVC and FEV1 declines. Compared with participants with baseline normal BMI and stable weight (±0.25 kg/year), obese individuals with high weight gain during follow-up had -1011 mL (95% CI -1.259 to -763) lower estimated FVC at 65 years despite similar estimated FVC levels at 25 years. Obese individuals at baseline who lost weight (<-0.25 kg/year) exhibited an attenuation of FVC and FEV1 declines. We found no association between weight change profiles and FEV1/FVC decline. CONCLUSION: Moderate and high weight gain over 20 years was associated with accelerated lung function decline, while weight loss was related to its attenuation. Control of weight gain is important for maintaining good lung function in adult life.


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Índice de Massa Corporal , Peso Corporal/fisiologia , Estilo de Vida , Obesidade/epidemiologia , Testes de Função Respiratória/métodos , Adulto , Fatores Etários , Idoso , Estudos de Coortes , União Europeia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Volume Expiratório Forçado/fisiologia , Humanos , Masculino , Obesidade/diagnóstico , Valor Preditivo dos Testes , Estudos Prospectivos , Medição de Risco , Fatores Sexuais , Capacidade Vital/fisiologia , Ganho de Peso/fisiologia , Perda de Peso/fisiologia , Adulto Jovem
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Aging (Albany NY) ; 12(1): 518-542, 2020 01 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31926111

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Lung function, strongly associated with morbidity and mortality, decreases with age. This study examines whether poor adult lung function is associated with age accelerations (AAs). DNA methylation (DNAm) based AAs, lifespan predictors (GrimAge and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1-PAI1) and their related age-adjusted measures were estimated from peripheral blood at two time points (8-to-11 years apart) in adults from two cohorts: SAPALDIA (n=987) and ECRHS (n=509). Within each cohort and stratified by gender (except for estimators from GrimAge and PAI1), AAs were used as predictors in multivariate linear regression with cross-sectional lung function parameters, and in covariate-adjusted mixed linear regression with longitudinal change in lung function and meta-analysed.AAs were found cross-sectionally associated with lower mean FEV1 (Forced Expiratory Volume in one second) (AA-residuals:P-value=4x10-4; Intrinsic Epigenetic AA:P-value=2x10-4) in females at the follow-up time point only, and the same trend was observed for FVC (Forced Vital Capacity). Both lifespan and plasma level predictors were observed strongly associated with lung function decline and the decline was stronger in the follow-up time points (strongest association between FEV1 and DNAmAge GrimAge:P-value=1.25x10-17).This study suggests that DNAm based lifespan and plasma level predictors can be utilised as important factors to assess lung health in adults.

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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 145(3): 834-842.e6, 2020 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31983528

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BACKGROUND: Very few studies have examined the association between long-term outdoor air pollution and rhinitis severity in adults. OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the cross-sectional association between individual long-term exposure to air pollution and severity of rhinitis. METHODS: Participants with rhinitis from 2 multicenter European cohorts (Epidemiological Study on the Genetics and Environment on Asthma and the European Community Respiratory Health Survey) were included. Annual exposure to NO2, PM10, PM2.5, and PMcoarse (calculated by subtracting PM2.5 from PM10) was estimated using land-use regression models derived from the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects project, at the participants' residential address. The score of rhinitis severity (range, 0-12), based on intensity of disturbance due to symptoms reported by questionnaire, was categorized into low (reference), mild, moderate, and high severity. Polytomous logistic regression models with a random intercept for city were used. RESULTS: A total of 1408 adults with rhinitis (mean age, 52 years; 46% men, 81% from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey) were included. The median (1st quartile-3rd quartile) score of rhinitis severity was 4 (2-6). Higher exposure to PM10 was associated with higher rhinitis severity (adjusted odds ratio [95% CI] for a 10 µg/m3 increase in PM10: for mild: 1.20 [0.88-1.64], moderate: 1.53 [1.07-2.19], and high severity: 1.72 [1.23-2.41]). Similar results were found for PM2.5. Higher exposure to NO2 was associated with an increased severity of rhinitis, with similar adjusted odds ratios whatever the level of severity. Adjusted odds ratios were higher among participants without allergic sensitization than among those with, but interaction was found only for NO2. CONCLUSIONS: People with rhinitis who live in areas with higher levels of pollution are more likely to report more severe nasal symptoms. Further work is required to elucidate the mechanisms of this association.

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Int J Epidemiol ; 49(1): 131-141, 2020 02 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31270549

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BACKGROUND: Although physical activity has many known health benefits, its association with lung function in childhood/adolescence remains unclear. We examined the association of physical-activity trajectories between 11 and 15 years with lung function at 15 years in 2266 adolescents. METHODS: A population-based cohort of 14 305 singleton births alive at 1 year was recruited in the UK population-based Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children cohort. Physical activity (counts/minute and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity) was assessed for 7 days using an accelerometer at 11, 13 and 15 years. We identified sex-specific physical-activity trajectories applying K-means for longitudinal data in children with at least two accelerometer measurements (n = 3584). We then estimated the sex-specific associations of these trajectories with post-bronchodilation lung-function parameters using multivariable linear-regression models (n = 2266, 45% boys). RESULTS: Fewer than 7% of participants met the WHO physical-activity recommendations (i.e. daily average of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity). Boys were substantially more active than girls. In both sexes, we identified three distinct physical-activity trajectories ('low': 39.8% boys, 45.8% girls; 'moderate': 42.9% boys, 41.4% girls; and 'high' physical activity: 17.3% boys, 12.8% girls). Girls in the moderate and high physical-activity trajectories had 0.11 L [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.04-0.19] and 0.15 L (95% CI: 0.03-0.26) higher forced vital capacity than their less-active peers. No association was observed in boys. CONCLUSIONS: Higher childhood physical activity relates to higher lung-function levels in adolescent girls. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying this association should be pursued.

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Ann Am Thorac Soc ; 17(3): 302-312, 2020 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31800292

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Rationale: Interactions between early life and adult insults on lung function decline are not well understood, with most studies investigating prebronchodilator (pre-BD) FEV1 decline.Objectives: To investigate relationships between adult risk factors and pre- and post-BD lung function decline and their potential effect modification by early life and genetic factors.Methods: Multiple regression was used to examine associations between adult exposures (asthma, smoking, occupational exposures, traffic pollution, and obesity) and decline in both pre- and post-BD spirometry (forced expiratory volume in 1 s [FEV1], forced vital capacity [FVC], and FEV1/FVC) between ages 45 and 53 years in the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (n = 857). Effect modification of these relationships by childhood respiratory risk factors, including low childhood lung function and GST (glutathione S-transferase) gene polymorphisms, was investigated.Results: Baseline asthma, smoking, occupational exposure to vapors/gases/dusts/fumes, and living close to traffic were associated with accelerated decline in both pre- and post-BD FEV1. These factors were also associated with FEV1/FVC decline. Occupational exposure to aromatic solvents was associated with pre-BD but not post-BD FEV1 decline. Maternal smoking accentuated the effect of personal smoking on pre- and post-BD FEV1 decline. Lower childhood lung function and having the GSTM1 null allele accentuated the effect of occupational exposure to vapors/gases/dusts/fumes and personal smoking on post-BD FEV1 decline. Incident obesity was associated with accelerated decline in FEV1 and more pronounced in FVC.Conclusions: This study provides new evidence for accentuation of individual susceptibility to adult risk factors by low childhood lung function, GSTM1 genotype, and maternal smoking.

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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 145(3): 791-799.e4, 2020 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31505189

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BACKGROUND: Overweight status and asthma have increased during the last decades. Being overweight is a known risk factor for asthma, but it is not known whether it might also increase asthma risk in the next generation. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine whether parents being overweight in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood is associated with asthma in their offspring. METHODS: We included 6347 adult offspring (age, 18-52 years) investigated in the Respiratory Health in Northern Europe, Spain and Australia (RHINESSA) multigeneration study of 2044 fathers and 2549 mothers (age, 37-66 years) investigated in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) study. Associations of parental overweight status at age 8 years, puberty, and age 30 years with offspring's childhood overweight status (potential mediator) and offspring's asthma with or without nasal allergies (outcomes) was analyzed by using 2-level logistic regression and 2-level multinomial logistic regression, respectively. Counterfactual-based mediation analysis was performed to establish whether observed associations were direct or indirect effects mediated through the offspring's own overweight status. RESULTS: We found statistically significant associations between both fathers' and mothers' childhood overweight status and offspring's childhood overweight status (odds ratio, 2.23 [95% CI, 1.45-3.42] and 2.45 [95% CI, 1.86-3.22], respectively). We also found a statistically significant effect of fathers' onset of being overweight in puberty on offspring's asthma without nasal allergies (relative risk ratio, 2.31 [95% CI, 1.23-4.33]). This effect was direct and not mediated through the offspring's own overweight status. No effect on offspring's asthma with nasal allergies was found. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that metabolic factors long before conception can increase asthma risk and that male puberty is a time window of particular importance for offspring's health.

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J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract ; 8(3): 980-988.e10, 2020 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31704441

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BACKGROUND: Inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are the mainstay of asthma treatment, but response to medication is variable. Patients with allergic inflammation generally show a better short-term response to ICSs; however, studies on predictors of long-term response are few. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether allergic sensitization can modify the association between ICS use and lung function decline over 20 years in adult asthma. METHODS: We used data from the 3 clinical examinations of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. We measured ICS use (no use, and use for <1.3, 1.3-8, and >8 years) and FEV1 decline among subjects with asthma over the 2 periods between consecutive examinations. We conducted a cohort study combining data of the 2 periods (906 observations from 745 subjects) to assess whether the association between ICS use and FEV1 decline was modified by allergic sensitization (IgE > 0.35 kU/L for any of house-dust mite, timothy grass, cat, or Cladosporium). RESULTS: FEV1 decline was similar for non-ICS users, as well as ICS users for less than 1.3 years, with and without allergic sensitization. However, among subjects on ICSs for a longer period, sensitization was associated with an attenuated decline (Pinteraction = .006): in the group treated for more than 8 years, FEV1 decline was on average 27 mL/y (95% CIBonferroni-adjusted, 11-42) lower for subjects with sensitization compared with nonsensitized subjects. CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests that biomarkers of atopy can predict a more favorable long-term response to ICSs. Randomized controlled studies are needed to confirm these findings.

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