CERH team presents results on asthma research and ideas about climate change and public health in the American Thoracic Society (ATS) meeting in Philadelphia, USA

CERH team attends the Annual Conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), in Philadelphia, USA. The ATS meeting is the world leading in the area of pulmonary research. Professor Jouni Jaakkola gives an invited presentation “Climate change, housing and respiratory health” in an opening symposium on ”Environmental change and global public health” on Sunday, May 19th. He presents controversies between climate change mitigation actions, such as reduction of ventilation rates and cooling targeted at saving energy consumption. “Sustainable, healthy housing requires long-term planning, life-cycle assessment of housing impacts, and development of new ideas and technologies”, Jaakkola concludes.

A study performed by postdoctoral researcher Taina Lajunen, Professor Jouni Jaakkola and Professor Maritta Jaakkola is also presented on Sunday. The poster entitled “The effect of heredity continues to adulthood” appears in the session of Asthma: Occupational and Environmental Factors. The study presented was the first to look at the effect of parental asthma on adult-onset asthma in a Caucasian population and also the first one to report the risk of adult-onset asthma associated with person’s siblings and own children having asthma. All of these alone were found to associate with an increased risk of adult-onset asthma, the effect estimate being about two-fold when compared to those without family history of asthma. If asthma was present among any two of these first-degree family member types the effect estimate was over three-fold, and the presence of asthma among all the three types of first-degree relatives increased the estimate to almost four and a half -fold.

Professor Maritta Jaakkola displays results on the effects of residential dampness and mold problems on allergic rhinitis based on a systematic review and meta-analysis together with other CERH team members Reginald Quansah, Timo Hugg, Sirpa Heikkinen, a medical student conducting her PhD along with medical studies, and Jouni Jaakkola.  Based on the weight of evidence the risk of allergic disease is increased among residents of damp and moldy homes.

Last updated: 22.5.2013