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Self-reported food reactions and their associations with asthma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9000872     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The role of food reactions in asthma has not been well described. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the types of self-reported reactions to foods in asthmatic patients, and to determine the association between self-reported food reactions and self-reported severity of asthma and asthma health care utilization. We characterized 914 patients, aged 3-55 years, in a large health maintenance organization. We characterized the patients according to demographic data (age, sex, occupation, SES, marital status) and their asthma according to duration, triggers, severity (symptoms, FEV1 percentage predicted) and presence of atopy. Overall, 414 (45.3%) participants, primarily women, reported adverse reactions to food, particularly milk, red wine, eggs, chocolate, and peanuts. Those with food reactions were more likely to report having ever been hospitalized for breathing problems than those without food reactions (31% vs. 22%, two-tailed p = 0.004) although their asthma was not worse. Self-reported food reactions, particularly in females, may be associated with increased asthma health care utilization, and such patients may require closer health care management.
N L Emery; W M Vollmer; A S Buist; M L Osborne
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Western journal of nursing research     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0193-9459     ISO Abbreviation:  West J Nurs Res     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-28     Completed Date:  1997-02-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905435     Medline TA:  West J Nurs Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  643-54     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing, Oregon Health Sciences University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / etiology*
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Food Additives / adverse effects
Food Hypersensitivity / complications*
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Grant Support
R29 48237-01//PHS HHS
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Food Additives

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