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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Ekologija ir aplinkotyra / Ecology and environmental sciences (N012)
Author(s): Vrijheid, Martine;Casas, Maribel;Bergström, Anna;Carmichael, Amanda;Cordier, Sylvaine;Eggesbø, Merete;Eller, Esben;Fantini, Maria P;Fernández, Marieta F;Fernández-Somoano, Ana;Gehring, Ulrike;Gražulevičienė, Regina;Hohmann, Cynthia;Karvonen, Anne M;Keil, Thomas;Kogevinas, Manolis;Koppen, Gudrun;Krämer, Ursula;Kuehni, Claudia E;Magnus, Per;Majewska, Renata;Andersen, Anne Marie Nybo;Patelarou, Evridiki;Petersen, Maria Skaalum;Pierik, Frank H;Polanska, Kinga;Porta, Daniela;Richiardi, Lorenzo;Santos, Ana Cristina;Slama, Rémy;Sram, Radim J;Thijs, Carel;Tischer, Christina;Toft, Gunnar;Trnovec, Tomáš;Vandentorren, Stephanie;Vrijkotte, Tanja GM;Wilhelm, Michael;Wright, John;Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark
Title: European birth cohorts for environmental health research
Is part of: Environmental health perspectives [elektroninis išteklius]. Washington : National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 2012, Vol. 120, iss. 1
Extent: p. 29-37
Date: 2012
Keywords: Birth cohorts;Child health;Environmental exposures;Europe;Review
Abstract: Background: Many pregnancy and birth cohorts study the health effects of early-life environmental contaminant exposure. An overview of existing studies and their data is needed to improve collaboration, harmonization and future project planning. Objectives: To create a comprehensive overview of European birth cohorts with environmental exposure data. Methods: Birth cohorts were included if they: collected data on at least one environmental exposure; started enrolment during pregnancy or at birth; included at least one follow-up point after birth; included at least 200 mother-child pairs; and were based in a European country. A questionnaire collected information on basic protocol details and exposure and health outcome assessments, including specific contaminants, methods and samples, timing, and number of subjects. A full inventory can be searched on Results: Questionnaires were completed by 37 cohorts in 19 European countries, studying more than 350,000 mother-child pairs; only 3 cohorts did not participate. All cohorts collected biological specimens of children or parents. Many cohorts collected information on passive smoking (n=36), maternal occupation (n=33), outdoor air pollution (n=27) and allergens/biological organisms (n=27). Fewer cohorts (n=12 to 19) collected information on water contamination, ionizing or non-ionizing radiation exposures, noise, metals, persistent organic pollutants, or other pollutants. All cohorts have information on birth outcomes, nearly all on asthma, allergies, childhood growth and obesity, and 26 collected information on child neurodevelopment. Conclusion: Combining forces in this field will yield more efficient and conclusive studies and ultimately improve causal inference. This impressive resource of existing birth cohort data could form the basis for longer-term and world-wide coordination of research on environment and child health
Affiliation(s): Aplinkotyros katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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