Journal article

The march from early life food sensitization to allergic disease: a systematic review and meta-analyses of birth cohort studies

SA Alduraywish, CJ Lodge, B Campbell, KJ Allen, B Erbas, AJ Lowe, SC Dharmage

ALLERGY | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence for an increase in food allergies. The question of whether early life food sensitization, a primary step in food allergies, leads to other allergic disease is a controversial but important issue. Birth cohorts are an ideal design to answer this question. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to systematically investigate and meta-analyse the evidence for associations between early food sensitization and allergic disease in birth cohorts. METHODS: MEDLINE and SCOPUS databases were searched for birth cohorts that have investigated the association between food sensitization in the first 2 years and subsequent wheeze/asthma, eczema and/or allergic rhinitis. We performed meta..

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