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Adolescents with wheeze have increased risk of additional health problems. The Young-HUNT study, Norway

Tollefsen, Elin; Langhammer, Arnulf; Bjermer, Leif LU ; Kurtze, Nanna and Holmen, Turid L (2007) In Preventive Medicine 44(2). p.178-182
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To explore the hypothesis of an association between current wheeze and other health problems in adolescence and to investigate any sex differences. METHODS: N=8817 adolescents aged 13-19 years completed a self-administered questionnaire including questions on health and lifestyle in Norway (1995-1997). RESULTS: All subjective health problems were significantly more prevalent in current wheezers compared to non-wheezers (frequent headache: girls 18% vs. 9%, boys 8% vs. 3%; frequent neck and shoulder pain: girls 10% vs. 5%, boys 6% vs. 2%; frequent joint and muscle pain: girls 6% vs. 2%, boys 6% vs. 2%; and frequent abdominal pain: girls 10% vs. 3%, boys 3% vs.1%). In both sexes, adjusted for covariates, current wheezers had... (More)
OBJECTIVE: To explore the hypothesis of an association between current wheeze and other health problems in adolescence and to investigate any sex differences. METHODS: N=8817 adolescents aged 13-19 years completed a self-administered questionnaire including questions on health and lifestyle in Norway (1995-1997). RESULTS: All subjective health problems were significantly more prevalent in current wheezers compared to non-wheezers (frequent headache: girls 18% vs. 9%, boys 8% vs. 3%; frequent neck and shoulder pain: girls 10% vs. 5%, boys 6% vs. 2%; frequent joint and muscle pain: girls 6% vs. 2%, boys 6% vs. 2%; and frequent abdominal pain: girls 10% vs. 3%, boys 3% vs.1%). In both sexes, adjusted for covariates, current wheezers had statistically significant increased risk of reporting frequent headache (girls OR=2.0, boys OR=2.9), frequent neck and shoulder pain (girls OR=1.9, boys OR=3.3), frequent joint and muscle pain (girls OR=2.7, boys OR=3.5) and frequent abdominal pain (girls OR=2.7, boys OR=2.0). CONCLUSIONS: Current adolescent wheezers reported more additional health problems compared to non-wheezers. Even if girls reported more symptoms in general, the associations were stronger in boys. The findings are important for the clinical approach to teenage wheezers and should increase doctors' awareness of coexistence of other health complaints in these patients. (Less)
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Asthma, Wheeze, Abdominal pain, Headache, Muscle pain, Adolescence
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Preventive Medicine
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44
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2
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178 - 182
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Elsevier
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1096-0260
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10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.09.006
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  abstract     = {OBJECTIVE: To explore the hypothesis of an association between current wheeze and other health problems in adolescence and to investigate any sex differences. METHODS: N=8817 adolescents aged 13-19 years completed a self-administered questionnaire including questions on health and lifestyle in Norway (1995-1997). RESULTS: All subjective health problems were significantly more prevalent in current wheezers compared to non-wheezers (frequent headache: girls 18% vs. 9%, boys 8% vs. 3%; frequent neck and shoulder pain: girls 10% vs. 5%, boys 6% vs. 2%; frequent joint and muscle pain: girls 6% vs. 2%, boys 6% vs. 2%; and frequent abdominal pain: girls 10% vs. 3%, boys 3% vs.1%). In both sexes, adjusted for covariates, current wheezers had statistically significant increased risk of reporting frequent headache (girls OR=2.0, boys OR=2.9), frequent neck and shoulder pain (girls OR=1.9, boys OR=3.3), frequent joint and muscle pain (girls OR=2.7, boys OR=3.5) and frequent abdominal pain (girls OR=2.7, boys OR=2.0). CONCLUSIONS: Current adolescent wheezers reported more additional health problems compared to non-wheezers. Even if girls reported more symptoms in general, the associations were stronger in boys. The findings are important for the clinical approach to teenage wheezers and should increase doctors' awareness of coexistence of other health complaints in these patients.},
  author       = {Tollefsen, Elin and Langhammer, Arnulf and Bjermer, Leif and Kurtze, Nanna and Holmen, Turid L},
  issn         = {1096-0260},
  keyword      = {Asthma,Wheeze,Abdominal pain,Headache,Muscle pain,Adolescence},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {178--182},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Preventive Medicine},
  title        = {Adolescents with wheeze have increased risk of additional health problems. The Young-HUNT study, Norway},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.09.006},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2007},
}