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The COMEAP from United Kingdom uses CREAL studies on pools and asthma

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The COMEAP from United Kingdom uses CREAL studies on pools and asthma

The Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) has recently published the statement "Asthma and exposure to the reaction products of chlorine in swimming pools and associated" which includes a review of the current literature and recommendations for the use of the swimming pools, in view of current evidence. Studies conducted at CREAL have been considered in this influential evaluation:

• Font-Ribera L, Kogevinas M, Zock JP, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Heederik D, Villanueva CM. (2009) Swimming pool attendance and risk of asthma and allergic symptoms in children. Eur Respir J.;34(6):1304-10.

• Font-Ribera L, Kogevinas M, Zock JP, Gómez FP, Barreiro E, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Fernandez P, Lourencetti C, Pérez-Olabarría M, Bustamante M, Marcos R, Grimalt JO, Villanueva CM. (2010) Short-term changes in respiratory biomarkers after swimming in a chlorinated pool. Environ Health Perspect.;118(11):1538-44.

• Font-Ribera L, Villanueva CM, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Zock JP, Kogevinas M, Henderson J. (2011) Swimming pool attendance, asthma, allergies, and lung function in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children cohort. Am J Respir Crit Care Med.;183(5):582-8.


The COMEAP is an Advisory Committee of independent experts that provides advice to government departments and agencies, via the Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer (UK), on all matters concerning the effects of air pollutants on health.


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