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Severe atopic eczema tied to higher risk of premature death

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Reuters Health - 28/01/2021 - Adults with severe atopic eczema face an increased risk of dying from associated health issues, although the absolute risk of death from severe eczema is low, according to results of a U.K. population-based cohort study. "Recent evidence has led to a paradigm shift in how atopic eczema is perceived, from focusing on skin symptoms and associated allergic diseases, to understanding that the disease may be associated with a range of important medical outcomes," Dr. Sinead Langan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) said in a news release. "However, few studies have assessed if atopic eczema increases the risk of death, a research question we aimed to address in this study," she added. Using U.K. electronic healthcare records, the researchers matched more than 526,000 adults with atopic eczema (including 34,610 with severe eczema) to 2.5 million adults without the condition. At baseline, participants' median ...

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