Urban tree canopy and asthma, wheeze, rhinitis, and allergic sensitization to tree pollen in a New York City birth cohort.
Cast your vote
You can rate an item by clicking the amount of stars they wish to award to this item.
When enough users have cast their vote on this item, the average rating will also be shown.
Your vote was cast
Thank you for your feedback
Thank you for your feedback
AuthorLovasi, Gina S
O'Neil-Dunne, Jarlath P M
Lu, Jacqueline W T
Perzanowski, Matthew S
Macfaden, Sean W
King, Kristen L
Miller, Rachel L
Hoepner, Lori A
Perera, Frederica P
Journal titleEnvironmental health perspectives
Publication Begin page494
Publication End page500
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractBackground: Urban landscape elements, particularly trees, have the potential to affect airflow, air quality, and production of aeroallergens. Several large-scale urban tree planting projects have sought to promote respiratory health, yet evidence linking tree cover to human health is limited. Objectives: We sought to investigate the association of tree canopy cover with subsequent development of childhood asthma, wheeze, rhinitis, and allergic sensitization. Methods: Birth cohort study data were linked to detailed geographic information systems data characterizing 2001 tree canopy coverage based on LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and multispectral imagery within 0.25 km of the prenatal address. A total of 549 Dominican or African-American children born in 1998-2006 had outcome data assessed by validated questionnaire or based on IgE antibody response to specific allergens, including a tree pollen mix. Results: Tree canopy coverage did not significantly predict outcomes at 5 years of age, but was positively associated with asthma and allergic sensitization at 7 years. Adjusted risk ratios (RRs) per standard deviation of tree canopy coverage were 1.17 for asthma (95% CI: 1.02, 1.33), 1.20 for any specific allergic sensitization (95% CI: 1.05, 1.37), and 1.43 for tree pollen allergic sensitization (95% CI: 1.19, 1.72). Conclusions: Results did not support the hypothesized protective association of urban tree canopy coverage with asthma or allergy-related outcomes. Tree canopy cover near the prenatal address was associated with higher prevalence of allergic sensitization to tree pollen. Information was not available on sensitization to specific tree species or individual pollen exposures, and results may not be generalizable to other populations or geographic areas.
CitationLovasi GS, O'Neil-Dunne JP, Lu JW, Sheehan D, Perzanowski MS, Macfaden SW, King KL, Matte T, Miller RL, Hoepner LA, Perera FP, Rundle A. Urban tree canopy and asthma, wheeze, rhinitis, and allergic sensitization to tree pollen in a New York City birth cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Apr;121(4):494-500. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1205513. Epub 2013 Jan 15. PMID: 23322788; PMCID: PMC3620770.
The following license files are associated with this item:
- Creative Commons
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
- Sensitization to common allergens and its association with allergic disorders at age 4 years: a whole population birth cohort study.
- Authors: Arshad SH, Tariq SM, Matthews S, Hakim E
- Issue date: 2001 Aug
- Early predictors for developing allergic disease and asthma: examining separate steps in the 'allergic march'.
- Authors: Almqvist C, Li Q, Britton WJ, Kemp AS, Xuan W, Tovey ER, Marks GB, CAPS team
- Issue date: 2007 Sep
- Comparative degree and type of sensitization to common indoor and outdoor allergens in subjects with allergic rhinitis and/or asthma.
- Authors: Boulet LP, Turcotte H, Laprise C, Lavertu C, Bédard PM, Lavoie A, Hébert J
- Issue date: 1997 Jan
- Symptoms to pollen and fruits early in life and allergic disease at 4 years of age.
- Authors: Mai XM, Neuman A, Ostblom E, Pershagen G, Nordvall L, Almqvist C, van Hage M, Wickman M
- Issue date: 2008 Nov
- Trends of Sensitization to Inhalant Allergens in Korean Children Over the Last 10 Years.
- Authors: Kim YJ, Lee MY, Yang AR, Sol IS, Kwak JH, Jung HL, Shim JW, Kim DS, Shim JY
- Issue date: 2020 Sep