Changes in atopy over 25 years: Allergy epidemic has spread to old age

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7512.352 (Published 04 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:352
  1. Allan Linneberg, senior researcher (alli@glostruphosp.kbhamt.dk)
  1. Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Glostrup University Hospital, DK-2600 Glostrup, Denmark

    EDITOR—The data presented by Law et al on changes in atopy over 25 years seem to challenge the idea that respiratory allergies affect mainly young people.1 They present evidence that atopy (detectable serum IgE antibodies against inhalant allergens) has increased in middle aged men over recent decades.

    Furthermore, their results support the notion that atopy is …

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