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Research Article

Latitude, Birth Date, and Allergy

  • Matthias Wjst mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: m@wjst.de

    Affiliation: Gruppe Molekulare Epidemiologie, Institut für Epidemiologie, Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Munich, Germany

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  • Shyamali Dharmage,

    Affiliation: Department of Public Health, School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

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  • Elisabeth André,

    Affiliation: Gruppe Molekulare Epidemiologie, Institut für Epidemiologie, Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Munich, Germany

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  • Dan Norback,

    Affiliation: Department of Medical Science, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

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  • Chantal Raherison,

    Affiliation: Service des Maladies Respiratoires, Centre François Magendie, Hôpital du Haut-Lévêque, Pessac, France

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  • Simona Villani,

    Affiliation: Università egli Studi di Pavia, Dip. di Scienze Sanitarie Applicate e Psicocomportamentali, Pavia, Italy

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  • Jure Manfreda,

    Affiliation: University of Manitoba, Department of Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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  • Jordi Sunyer,

    Affiliation: Respiratory and Environmental Health Research Unit, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Deborah Jarvis,

    Affiliation: Department of Public Health Sciences, Capital House, London, Great Britain

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  • Peter Burney,

    Affiliation: Department of Public Health Sciences, Capital House, London, Great Britain

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  • Cecilie Svanes

    Affiliation: Det medisinske fakultet, Lungemedisin, Universitet I Bergen, Bergen, Norway

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  • Published: October 04, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020294

About the Authors

Matthias Wjst, Elisabeth André
Gruppe Molekulare Epidemiologie, Institut für Epidemiologie, Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Munich, Germany
Shyamali Dharmage
Department of Public Health, School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Dan Norback
Department of Medical Science, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Chantal Raherison
Service des Maladies Respiratoires, Centre François Magendie, Hôpital du Haut-Lévêque, Pessac, France
Simona Villani
Università egli Studi di Pavia, Dip. di Scienze Sanitarie Applicate e Psicocomportamentali, Pavia, Italy
Jure Manfreda
University of Manitoba, Department of Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Jordi Sunyer
Respiratory and Environmental Health Research Unit, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain
Deborah Jarvis, Peter Burney
Department of Public Health Sciences, Capital House, London, Great Britain
Cecilie Svanes
Det medisinske fakultet, Lungemedisin, Universitet I Bergen, Bergen, Norway

Corresponding Author

Email: m@wjst.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

All authors participated in the local study management, DJ and PB planned and organised the study centre. MW developed the hypothesis for this paper, conducted the analysis, and wrote the first draft of the paper following two working group meetings in Malaga 2003 and in Bergen 2004, chaired by CS. All authors participated in the local study management, commented on the analysis, and revised the paper.