What Genes And Environmental Factors Cause Change In Chronic Respiratory Problems From Childhood To Adulthood?

Grant number: 454425 | Funding period: 2007 - 2011

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Abstract

Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRDs) are a major public health problem. It is known that CRDs change over time but we have no information on causes of these changes. Some childhood asthmatics continue to have asthma as adults and-or develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) while others are free of any adult CRD. Some of those who do not have childhood asthma develop asthma and-or COPD as adults while the others remain free of CRDs from childhood to adulthood. To investigate risk factors for these changes, following up siblings over time is a powerful tool. As siblings share the childhood environment but not the adult environment, it helps to disentangle childhood environment, adul..

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