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100 Years of Respiratory Health In Northern Europe, Spain and Australia

RHINESSA aims to provide information on causal and preventive factors of asthma, allergies and associated diseases across three generations. It will thereby contribute to improved clinical management and more efficient prevention.

RHINESSA is an international research project dedicated to studying lung health throughout the lifespan and across generations. RHINESSA refers to Respiratory Health In Northern Europe, Spain and Australia.

RHINESSA investigates the children and parents of the participants of large international studies (RHINE and ECRHS), situated in 7 countries. These studies have investigated lung health, allergies and associated diseases over the last 20 years.

The main aims of the study are to investigate:

  • the importance of childhood factors for development of asthma and allergy across the life-course
  • the prevalence of asthma, allergy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and sleep disorders
  • main environmental and life-style risk factors for these diseases
  • the importance of hormonal and reproductive factors for women’s lung health
  • the relation of  airway disease  to other chronic diseases, for instance cardiovascular diseases.

RHINESSA aims to provide information on causal and preventive factors of asthma, allergies and associated diseases across three generations. It will thereby contribute to improved clinical management and more efficient prevention.