Publications

Papers and abstracts

Intestional worms may solve allergy puzzle

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​Publications

A study based on two generations in Bergen, Norway, show that IgG4 antibodies towards helminth worms (that have dogs and cats as their natural hosts) occur frequently in humans. Young people with these parasitic worm antibodies were four times more likely to have asthma and allergies than their peers without such antibodies, and the parent generation were generally unaffected. Link to news article published at University of Bergen

Reference: Zoonotic helminth exposure and risk of allergic diseases: A study of two generations in Norway. Jogi NA & Svanes C (shared first authorship), Siiak SP, Logan E, Holloway JW, Igland J, Johannessen A, Levin M, Real FG, Schlussen V, Horsnell WGC & Bertelsen RJ (shared last authorship). Clin Exp Allergy, 2017. Read the full text paper here.

Abstracts

Ongoing research from the RHINESSA study have already been presented in several international meetings. The following list contains abstracts published in international journals:

1. Three-generation effects of tobacco smoking on lung function within the paternal line. Accordini S et al & Schlünssen V (last author). ERS congress 2017. Link to published abstract

2. Oral microbiome and associations with chemical exposure, asthma and lung function. Bertelsen RJ et al & Svanes C (last author). ERS congress 2017. Link to published abstract

3. Fathers' overweight and offspring asthma – an intergenerational perspective. Johannessen A et al & Svanes C (last author). Late breaking abstract, ERS congress 2017. Link to published abstract

4. Epigenome-wide association of father's smoking on offspring DNA methylation. Knudsen TM et al & Svanes C (last author). Late breaking abstract, ERS congress 2017. Link to published abstract

5. Validation of self-reported asthma in a generation study. Kuiper IN et al & Johannessen A (last author). ERS congress 2017. Link to published abstract

6. Mothers' preconception overweight and offspring asthma. Lønnebotn M et al & Svanes and Jarvis (last authors). Late breaking abstract, ERS congress 2017. Link to published abstract

7. Validation of smoking status reported by parents and their offspring –The RHINESSA generation study. Pape K et al & Schlüssen V (last author). ERS congress 2017. Link to published abstract

8. Use of oral and nasal tobacco and asthma symptoms in a Nordic population. Bertelsen RJ et al & Svanes C (last author). ERS congress 2016. Link to published abstract

9. Poor periodontal health is associated with airways obstruction. Perez A et al & Svanes C (last author). ERS congress 2016. Link to published abstract



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