Affiliation: Wellington School of Medicine
Country: New Zealand
- The determinants of dust mite allergen and its relationship to the prevalence of symptoms of asthma in the Asia-Pacific regionKristin Wickens
Department of Medicine, Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, PO Box 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand
Pediatr Allergy Immunol 15:55-61. 2004..While our findings suggest that Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus may have a role in the primary causation of asthma, the complexity of this association reinforces the need for prospective studies...
- Indoor environment, atopy and the risk of the asthma in children in New ZealandK Wickens
Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine, New Zealand
Pediatr Allergy Immunol 10:199-208. 1999..Prospective studies are needed in New Zealand to determine the relative importance of early life exposures to Der p 1 and other risk factors for asthma...
- Determinants of endotoxin levels in carpets in New Zealand homesK Wickens
Wellington Asthma Research Group, University of Otago, Wellington South, New Zealand
Indoor Air 13:128-35. 2003..4-1.6). Lower endotoxin was associated with floor insulation (GMR: 0.4-0.8), and north-facing living rooms (GMR: 0.4-0.8). This study has identified home characteristics that could be modified to reduce endotoxin exposure...
- Comparison of two dust collection methods for reservoir indoor allergens and endotoxin on carpets and mattressesK Wickens
Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wellington South, New Zealand
Indoor Air 14:217-22. 2004..In order to have confidence in comparisons of allergen and endotoxin reservoir levels between centers, standardization in the use of sampling equipment is important...
- Obesity and asthma in 11-12 year old New Zealand children in 1989 and 2000K Wickens
Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, P O Box 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand
Thorax 60:7-12. 2005..There has been a concurrent increase in the prevalence of obesity and asthma in recent years in New Zealand and other countries...
- Breastfeeding protects against adverse respiratory outcomes at 15 months of ageKaren M Silvers
Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Matern Child Nutr 5:243-50. 2009..In conclusion, there was a significant protective effect of breastfeeding on infant wheezing and other adverse respiratory outcomes that may be early indicators of asthma in New Zealand children...
- A measure for quantifying the impact of housing quality on respiratory health: a cross-sectional studyMichael D Keall
He Kainga Oranga Housing and Health Research Programme, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, PO Box 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand
Environ Health 11:33. 2012..Damp and mould in homes have been established as risk factors for respiratory health. There is a need for a relatively straightforward assessment of the home that quantifies this risk...
- Asthma, atopy and exhaled nitric oxide in a cohort of 6-yr-old New Zealand childrenJulian Crane
Wellington Asthma Research Group, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
Pediatr Allergy Immunol 23:59-64. 2012..Exhaled nitric oxide has been promoted as a non-invasive measure of airway inflammation, with clinical utility for the diagnosis and management of asthma...
- The New Zealand Asthma and Allergy Cohort Study (NZA2CS): assembly, demographics and investigationsMichael J Epton
Canterbury Respiratory Research Group, Department of Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
BMC Public Health 7:26. 2007..This paper describes the establishment of a birth cohort in New Zealand...
- Endotoxin exposure, wheezing, and rash in infancy in a New Zealand birth cohortJulie Gillespie
Wellington Asthma Research Group, Department of Medicine, Wellington South, New Zealand
J Allergy Clin Immunol 118:1265-70. 2006..Recently, increased levels of endotoxin in the domestic environment have also been associated with infant wheezing, particularly among infants with a family history of atopic disease...
- Prevalence of mouse allergen (Mus m 1) in homes of New Zealand rural childrenSue Peters
Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand
Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol 24:81-4. 2006..No significant associations were found between Mus m 1 levels and atopic status or allergic diseases. Mouse allergen is unlikely to be an important indoor allergen for rural New Zealand children...
- Effects of improved home heating on asthma in community dwelling children: randomised controlled trialPhilippa Howden-Chapman
He Kainga Oranga Housing and Health Research Programme, University of Otago, Wellington, PO 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand
BMJ 337:a1411. 2008..To assess whether non-polluting, more effective home heating (heat pump, wood pellet burner, flued gas) has a positive effect on the health of children with asthma...
- A differential effect of 2 probiotics in the prevention of eczema and atopy: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trialKristin Wickens
Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
J Allergy Clin Immunol 122:788-94. 2008..The role of probiotics in prevention of allergic disease is still not clearly established, although early reports suggested Lactobacillus GG halved the risk of eczema at 2 years...
- Atopic sensitization and the international variation of asthma symptom prevalence in childrenGudrun Weinmayr
Institute of Epidemiology, Ulm University, Helmholtzstrasse 22, D 89075 Ulm, Germany
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 176:565-74. 2007..Atopic sensitization has long been known to be related to asthma in children, but its role in determining asthma prevalence remains to be elucidated further...
- Contribution of dust mite and cat specific IgE to total IgE: relevance to asthma prevalenceElizabeth A Erwin
University of Virginia Asthma and Allergic Diseases Center, Charlottesville, VA, USA
J Allergy Clin Immunol 119:359-65. 2007..The prevalence of asthma is strikingly different in some Westernized countries: approximately 20% in New Zealand and approximately 8% in northern Sweden...
- House dust mite allergen levels in individual bedding components in New ZealandSarah Mills
Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
N Z Med J 115:151-3. 2002..CONCLUSIONS: Synthetic pillows and duvets contain higher levels of Der p 1 than feather pillows and duvets. Advise for house dust mite sensitized individuals to use synthetic bedding does not prevent house dust mite allergen exposure...
- Quantitative measurement of IgE antibodies to purified allergens using streptavidin linked to a high-capacity solid phaseElizabeth A Erwin
University of Virginia Astma and Allergic Diseases Center, Charlottesville, VA 22908-1355, USA
J Allergy Clin Immunol 115:1029-35. 2005..In addition, the results demonstrate major differences in IgE antibodies specific for mite and cat allergens among children with high exposure to both allergens...
- Cat and dust mite sensitivity and tolerance in relation to wheezing among children raised with high exposure to both allergensElizabeth A Erwin
University of Virginia Asthma and Allergic Diseases Center, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA
J Allergy Clin Immunol 115:74-9. 2005..The strength of the IgE antibody response to dust mite in humid climates could contribute to the increased prevalence and severity of asthma...
- A comparison of two skin test methodologies and allergens from two different manufacturersRobert Rhodius
Faculty of Medicine, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 88:374-9. 2002..There were similar differences between methods of application for reactions measured as an area. CONCLUSIONS: SPTs that use different allergens or different methods of application will not provide comparable assessments of atopy...