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Does Pet Ownership in Infancy Lead to Asthma or Allergy at School Age? Pooled Analysis of Individual Participant Data from 11 European Birth Cohorts

  • Karin C. Lødrup Carlsen equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Karin C. Lødrup Carlsen, Stephanie Roll

    Affiliations: Department of Paediatrics, Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, Norway, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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  • Stephanie Roll equal contributor mail,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Karin C. Lødrup Carlsen, Stephanie Roll

    stephanie.roll@charite.de

    Affiliation: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Kai-Håkon Carlsen,

    Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, Voksentoppen, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway

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  • Petter Mowinckel,

    Affiliation: Department of Paediatrics, Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, Norway

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  • Alet H. Wijga,

    Affiliation: Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Bert Brunekreef,

    Affiliations: Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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  • Maties Torrent,

    Affiliation: Ib-salut Menorca Health Area and Fundacio Caubet-Cimera, Menorca, Spain

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  • Graham Roberts,

    Affiliation: The David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre, Isle of Wight and University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • S. Hasan Arshad,

    Affiliation: The David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre, Isle of Wight and University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Inger Kull,

    Affiliation: Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Ursula Krämer,

    Affiliation: Institut für Umweltmedizinische Forschung, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

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  • Andrea von Berg,

    Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Marien-Hospital Wesel, Wesel, Germany

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  • Esben Eller,

    Affiliation: Allergycenter, Department of Dermatology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

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  • Arne Høst,

    Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

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  • Claudia Kuehni,

    Affiliation: Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

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  • Ben Spycher,

    Affiliation: Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

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  • Jordi Sunyer,

    Affiliation: Environmental Epidemiology Research Centre and Institut Municipal d'Investigacio Medica, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Chih-Mei Chen,

    Affiliation: Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany

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  • Andreas Reich,

    Affiliation: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Anna Asarnoj,

    Affiliations: Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Astrid Lindgrens' Children's Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden

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  • Carmen Puig,

    Affiliation: Unitat recerca infancia i entorn, Institut Municipal d'Investigacio Medica - Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Olf Herbarth,

    Affiliation: Faculty of Medicine, University of Leipzig and Department of Human Exposure Research and Epidemiology, UFZ - Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Jestinah M. Mahachie John,

    Affiliations: Dept. of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium, Systems and Modeling Unit, Montefiore Institute, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium, Bioinformatics and Modeling, GIGA-R, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium

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  • Kristel Van Steen,

    Affiliations: Dept. of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium, Systems and Modeling Unit, Montefiore Institute, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium, Bioinformatics and Modeling, GIGA-R, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium

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  • Stefan N. Willich,

    Affiliation: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Ulrich Wahn,

    Affiliation: Dept. for Paediatric Pneumology and Immunology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Susanne Lau,

    Affiliation: Dept. for Paediatric Pneumology and Immunology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Thomas Keil, as part of the GA2LEN WP 1.5 ‘Birth Cohorts’ working group,

    Affiliation: Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Magnus Wickman

    Affiliation: Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN)-Work Package 1.5 ‘Birth Cohorts’

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  • Published: August 29, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043214

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