MENU ▼
Read by QxMD icon Read
search
OPEN IN READ APP
JOURNAL ARTICLE
REVIEW

Early life exposures: impact on asthma and allergic disease

Anita L Kozyrskyj, Salma Bahreinian, Meghan B Azad
Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2011, 11 (5): 400-6
21772139

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To identify and discuss recent studies relating prenatal and early-life environmental exposures to the development of asthma and allergic disease.

RECENT FINDINGS: New studies show that prenatal and early-life stress can alter infant immune profiles, increasing risk for asthma and allergy. Mounting evidence implicates indoor and outdoor air pollution in the origins of allergic disease, while Vitamin D intake and a Mediterranean diet may be protective. The role of early-life fever and infection remain controversial, with recent studies yielding conflicting results and new evidence indicating that previous studies may have been confounded. New studies are increasingly focused on environmental 'imprinting' of the infant gut microbiota, which is a critical determinant of immune system development. Early exposures impacting the intestinal microbiota include mode of delivery, infant diet, and use of antibiotics - factors that are also associated with childhood asthma and allergic disease.

SUMMARY: This overview highlights environmental exposures during the in-utero and ex-utero time periods that are potential stimuli for the early programming of asthma and allergy. Special consideration is given for the potential role of intestinal microbiota. Future studies in this field promise to inform health policy and intervention strategies for the prevention of asthma and allergic disease.

Comments

You need to log in or sign up for an account to be able to comment.

No comments yet, be the first to post one!

Related Papers

Available on the App Store

Available on the Play Store
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
21772139
×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"