J Douwes

Summary

Affiliation: Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences
Country: The Netherlands

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Asthma and other respiratory symptoms in New Zealand pine processing sawmill workers
    J Douwes
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University Wellington Campus, New Zealand
    Am J Ind Med 39:608-15. 2001
  2. ncbi request reprint Work-related symptoms in sewage treatment workers
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences IRAS, Utrecht University, PO Box 80176, 3508 TD, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Ann Agric Environ Med 8:39-45. 2001
  3. pmc Does environmental endotoxin exposure prevent asthma?
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Thorax 57:86-90. 2002
  4. pmc Non-eosinophilic asthma: importance and possible mechanisms
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences IRAS, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Thorax 57:643-8. 2002
  5. ncbi request reprint Bioaerosol health effects and exposure assessment: progress and prospects
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences IRAS, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Ann Occup Hyg 47:187-200. 2003
  6. ncbi request reprint Exposure to microbial components and allergens in population studies: a comparison of two house dust collection methods applied by participants and fieldworkers
    D Schram-Bijkerk
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Indoor Air 16:414-25. 2006
  7. ncbi request reprint Bacterial and fungal agents in house dust and wheeze in children: the PARSIFAL study
    D Schram-Bijkerk
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Children s Hospital, Salzburg, Austria
    Clin Exp Allergy 35:1272-8. 2005
  8. doi request reprint Farm exposure in utero may protect against asthma, hay fever and eczema
    J Douwes
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
    Eur Respir J 32:603-11. 2008
  9. ncbi request reprint Nonlinear relations between house dust mite allergen levels and mite sensitization in farm and nonfarm children
    D Schram-Bijkerk
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Allergy 61:640-7. 2006
  10. ncbi request reprint Occupational respiratory symptoms in New Zealand hairdressers
    T Slater
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University Wellington Campus, Private Box 756, Wellington, New Zealand
    Occup Med (Lond) 50:586-90. 2000

Detail Information

Publications26

  1. ncbi request reprint Asthma and other respiratory symptoms in New Zealand pine processing sawmill workers
    J Douwes
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University Wellington Campus, New Zealand
    Am J Ind Med 39:608-15. 2001
    ..To study respiratory symptoms in pine sawmill workers...
  2. ncbi request reprint Work-related symptoms in sewage treatment workers
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences IRAS, Utrecht University, PO Box 80176, 3508 TD, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Ann Agric Environ Med 8:39-45. 2001
    ..1-0.6; p<0.01). In conclusion, sewage treatment workers develop a large variety of work-related symptoms that are not likely caused by endotoxin exposure only. Good hygienic practice at the workplace may prevent some of these symptoms..
  3. pmc Does environmental endotoxin exposure prevent asthma?
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Thorax 57:86-90. 2002
    ..It is concluded that, although it is plausible that bacterial endotoxin may protect against the development of asthma, there is considerable reason for caution regarding this hypothesis...
  4. pmc Non-eosinophilic asthma: importance and possible mechanisms
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences IRAS, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Thorax 57:643-8. 2002
    ..It is therefore important to study the aetiology of asthma further, including the underlying inflammatory profiles...
  5. ncbi request reprint Bioaerosol health effects and exposure assessment: progress and prospects
    J Douwes
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences IRAS, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Ann Occup Hyg 47:187-200. 2003
    ....
  6. ncbi request reprint Exposure to microbial components and allergens in population studies: a comparison of two house dust collection methods applied by participants and fieldworkers
    D Schram-Bijkerk
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Indoor Air 16:414-25. 2006
    ....
  7. ncbi request reprint Bacterial and fungal agents in house dust and wheeze in children: the PARSIFAL study
    D Schram-Bijkerk
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Children s Hospital, Salzburg, Austria
    Clin Exp Allergy 35:1272-8. 2005
    ..Growing up on a farm and an anthroposophic lifestyle are associated with a lower prevalence of allergic diseases in childhood. This might be related to increased inhalatory exposure to microbial agents...
  8. doi request reprint Farm exposure in utero may protect against asthma, hay fever and eczema
    J Douwes
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
    Eur Respir J 32:603-11. 2008
    ..30-0.73) and eczema (OR 0.46, 95% CI 0.30-0.70). Prenatal exposure may contribute to the low prevalence of asthma, hay fever and eczema in farmers' children, but continued exposure may be required to maintain optimal protection...
  9. ncbi request reprint Nonlinear relations between house dust mite allergen levels and mite sensitization in farm and nonfarm children
    D Schram-Bijkerk
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Allergy 61:640-7. 2006
    ..It is not known how microbial agents modify the association between specific allergen exposure and sensitization...
  10. ncbi request reprint Occupational respiratory symptoms in New Zealand hairdressers
    T Slater
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University Wellington Campus, Private Box 756, Wellington, New Zealand
    Occup Med (Lond) 50:586-90. 2000
    ..A study of occupational respiratory symptoms in hairdressers was carried out in 26 salons in New Zealand...
  11. ncbi request reprint Lifelong farm exposure may strongly reduce the risk of asthma in adults
    J Douwes
    Centre for Public Health Research, Research School of Public Health, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
    Allergy 62:1158-65. 2007
    ..Moreover, little is known about the role of timing of exposure. We assessed the effects of current and childhood farm exposures on asthma, hay fever and eczema in farmers and a rural nonfarming control population...
  12. ncbi request reprint Pine dust, atopy and lung function: A cross-sectional study in sawmill workers
    J Douwes
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Private Box 756, Wellington, 6002, New Zealand
    Eur Respir J 28:791-8. 2006
    ..No associations with cross-shift changes in lung function were found. Exposure to green pine sawdust may be a risk factor for atopy. Both green and dry dust were associated with obstructive as well as restrictive pulmonary effects...
  13. ncbi request reprint Bacterial and fungal components in house dust of farm children, Rudolf Steiner school children and reference children--the PARSIFAL Study
    D Schram
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Allergy 60:611-8. 2005
    ..It has been suggested that the enhanced exposure to endotoxin is an important protective factor of farm environments. Little is known about exposure to other microbial components on farms and exposure in anthroposophic families...
  14. ncbi request reprint (1-->3)-Beta-D-glucans and respiratory health: a review of the scientific evidence
    J Douwes
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Wellington Campus, New Zealand
    Indoor Air 15:160-9. 2005
    ..Large observational studies using well validated exposure assessment methods are needed to further our knowledge regarding the potential health effects of indoor (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan exposure...
  15. pmc Upper airway inflammation and respiratory symptoms in domestic waste collectors
    I M Wouters
    Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Occup Environ Med 59:106-12. 2002
    ..In collectors, inhalable dust samples were collected in which bacterial endotoxin and mould beta(1-->3)-glucan were assessed...
  16. ncbi request reprint Asthma control in a random sample of New Zealand adolescent asthmatics
    C J van Dalen
    Centre for Public Health Research, Research School of Public Health, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
    J Asthma 44:261-6. 2007
    ..3% reported regular use. Although BHR and median eosinophil numbers were significantly higher in the inadequately controlled asthmatics, BHR and sputum eosinophilia had poor sensitivity for detecting inadequate asthma control...
  17. ncbi request reprint The global epidemiology of asthma in children
    N Pearce
    Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University Wellington Campus, Wellington, New Zealand
    Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 10:125-32. 2006
    ..Global comparisons of asthma prevalence and assessment of time trends will continue to play a major role in this process...
  18. doi request reprint Endotoxin levels in cow's milk samples from farming and non-farming families - the PASTURE study
    Ulrike Gehring
    Utrecht University, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Environ Int 34:1132-6. 2008
    ..Children from farming families have less allergies than their peers. Consumption of farm milk or unpasteurized milk has been shown to explain (part of) the farming effect or protect against allergies independent of farming status...
  19. pmc Do farming exposures cause or prevent asthma? Results from a study of adult Norwegian farmers
    W Eduard
    National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway
    Thorax 59:381-6. 2004
    ..Studies of adult farmers have shown conflicting results but often lack exposure data. The prevalence of asthma in farmers with different exposure levels to microbial agents and irritant gases was compared...
  20. ncbi request reprint Determinants of endotoxin levels in carpets in New Zealand homes
    K 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...
  21. ncbi request reprint The effect of storage on allergen and microbial agent levels in frozen house dust
    B Fahlbusch
    Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Institute of Immunology, Jena, Germany
    Allergy 58:150-3. 2003
    ....
  22. ncbi request reprint Farm residence and exposures and the risk of allergic diseases in New Zealand children
    K Wickens
    Wellington Asthma Research Group, University of Otago, Wellington South, New Zealand
    Allergy 57:1171-9. 2002
    ..Studies in Europe have reported a reduced prevalence of allergy in farmers' children. We aimed to determine if there is a similar reduction in allergy among New Zealand farm children...
  23. pmc Beta(1-->3)-glucan in house dust of German homes: housing characteristics, occupant behavior, and relations with endotoxins, allergens, and molds
    U Gehring
    GSF - National Research Center for Environment and Health, Institute of Epidemiology, Neuherberg, Germany
    Environ Health Perspect 109:139-44. 2001
    ..4). We conclude that that the amount of dust sampled can be used as a proxy for hygiene and that beta(1-->3)-glucan concentrations per square meter are related to the amount of dust sampled...
  24. ncbi request reprint Concentrations of domestic mite and pet allergens and endotoxin in Palestine
    N El Sharif
    Laboratorium voor Longtoxicologie, KU Leuven, Herestraat 49 O and N, B 3000 Leuven, Belgium
    Allergy 59:623-31. 2004
    ..A few studies have compared indoor allergens and endotoxin levels between urban and rural settings as important determinants for asthma and atopy in children. However, no study was done in the Middle East or investigated refugee camps...
  25. ncbi request reprint Environmental determinants associated with the development of asthma in childhood
    G W K Wong
    Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR China
    Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 10:242-51. 2006
    ..Confirmation of the pathogenetic role of these environmental determinants may allow us to develop primary preventive strategies against the development of asthma and related atopic diseases...
  26. ncbi request reprint Allergens and endotoxin on mothers' mattresses and total immunoglobulin E in cord blood of neonates
    J Heinrich
    GSF Institute of Epidemiology, National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Neuherberg, Germany
    Eur Respir J 20:617-23. 2002
    ..35 kU x L(-1) was used as cut-off. These results, showing an association between prenatal allergen and endotoxin exposures and immunoglobulin E production, suggest that the development of foetal immune responses may be affected...