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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222743/estimating-deaths-attributable-to-airborne-particles-sensitivity-of-the-results-to-different-exposure-assessment-approaches
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Simone Giannini, Michela Baccini, Giorgia Randi, Giovanni Bonafè, Paolo Lauriola, Andrea Ranzi
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological evidences support the existence of an effect of airborne particulate on population health. However, few studies evaluated the robustness of the results to different exposure assessment approaches. In this paper, we estimated short term effects and impacts of high levels of particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter ≤10 μm (PM10) and ≤2.5 μm (PM2.5) in the Emilia-Romagna region (Northern Italy), one of the most polluted areas in Europe, in the period 2006-2010, and checked if the results changed when different exposure definitions were used...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212649/regional-and-temporal-trends-in-blood-mercury-concentrations-and-fish-consumption-in-women-of-child-bearing-age-in-the-united-states-using-nhanes-data-from-1999-2010
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Leanne K Cusack, Ellen Smit, Molly L Kile, Anna K Harding
BACKGROUND: The primary route of exposure to methylmercury (MeHg), a known developmental neurotoxicant, is from ingestion of seafood. Since 2004, women of reproductive age in the U.S. have been urged to eat fish and shellfish as part of a healthy diet while selecting species that contain lower levels MeHg. Yet few studies have examined trends in MeHg exposure and fish consumption over time in this group of women with respect to their geographical location in the U.S. METHODS: Data from six consecutive cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 1999-2010 (n = 9597) were used to determine trends in blood mercury for women aged 16-49 residing in different regions in the US, and according to age, race/ethnicity, income level, and fish consumption using geographic variables...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212639/erectile-dysfunction-and-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollution-in-a-nationally-representative-cohort-of-older-men
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Lindsay A Tallon, Justin Manjourides, Vivian C Pun, Murray A Mittleman, Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, Brent Coull, Helen Suh
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the association between air pollution and erectile dysfunction (ED), a disorder occurring in 64% of men over the age of 70, and to date, no studies have been published. To address this significant knowledge gap, we explored the relationship between ED and air pollution in a group of older men who were part of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a nationally representative cohort study of older Americans. METHODS: We obtained incident ED status and participant data for 412 men (age 57-85)...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212632/exome-wide-association-study-identifies-genetic-polymorphisms-of-c12orf51-myl2-and-aldh2-associated-with-blood-lead-levels-in-the-general-korean-population
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Sang-Yong Eom, Myung Sil Hwang, Ji-Ae Lim, Byung-Sun Choi, Ho-Jang Kwon, Jung-Duck Park, Yong-Dae Kim, Heon Kim
BACKGROUND: Lead (Pb) is a ubiquitous toxic metal present in the environment that poses adverse health effects to humans. Inter-individual variation in blood Pb levels is affected by various factors, including genetic makeup. However, limited data are available on the association between genetic variation and blood Pb levels. The purpose of this study was to identify the genetic markers associated with blood Pb levels in the Korean population. METHODS: The study subjects consisted of 1,483 healthy adults with no history of occupational exposure to Pb...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202064/prediagnostic-plasma-concentrations-of-organochlorines-and-risk-of-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-in-envirogenomarkers-a-nested-case-control-study
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Rachel S Kelly, Hannu Kiviranta, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Domenico Palli, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Maria Botsivali, Paolo Vineis, Roel Vermeulen, Soterios A Kyrtopoulos, Marc Chadeau-Hyam
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests a largely environmental component to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDE and HCB have been repeatedly implicated, but the literature is inconsistent and a causal relationship remains to be determined. METHODS: The EnviroGenoMarkers study is nested within two prospective cohorts EPIC-Italy and the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study. Six PCB congeners, DDE and HCB were measured in blood plasma samples provided at recruitment using gas-chromatography mass spectrometry...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202054/increase-of-urinary-malondialdehyde-level-by-bisphenol-a-exposure-a-longitudinal-panel-study
#6
Jin Hee Kim, Yun-Chul Hong
BACKGROUND: To verify oxidative stress as a possible mechanism that establishes a relationship between exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and adverse health outcomes in the elderly Korean population, we evaluated the relation between visit-to-visit variations in urinary BPA and oxidative stress biomarker. METHODS: To assess the relation between BPA and urinary malondialdehyde (MDA) as an oxidative stress biomarker, we used a mixed effect model after controlling for age, sex, BMI, drinking status, exercise, urinary cotinine level, PM10 on lag day 2, and mean temperature and dew point on the day...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187788/assessing-the-short-term-impact-of-air-pollution-on-mortality-a-matching-approach
#7
Michela Baccini, Alessandra Mattei, Fabrizia Mealli, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Michele Carugno
BACKGROUND: The opportunity to assess short term impact of air pollution relies on the causal interpretation of the exposure-response association. However, up to now few studies explicitly faced this issue within a causal inference framework. In this paper, we reformulated the problem of assessing the short term impact of air pollution on health using the potential outcome approach to causal inference. We considered the impact of high daily levels of particulate matter ≤10 μm in diameter (PM10) on mortality within two days from the exposure in the metropolitan area of Milan (Italy), during the period 2003-2006...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179003/respiratory-outcomes-of-ultrafine-particulate-matter-ufpm-as-a-surrogate-measure-of-near-roadway-exposures-among-bicyclists
#8
Hye-Youn Park, Susan Gilbreath, Edward Barakatt
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown a consistent association between exposure to traffic-related air pollution and adverse health effects. In particular, exposure can be high for cyclists who travel near roadways. The objective of the current study was to examine the relationship between short-term exposure of near-road traffic emissions and acute changes in lung function among individuals who frequently bike in the Sacramento and Davis areas in California. Ultrafine particulate matter (UFPM) was used as a surrogate for near-roadway exposure in this study since the main source of this pollutant is from motor vehicle exhaust...
February 8, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143601/the-impact-of-high-apparent-temperature-on-spontaneous-preterm-delivery-a-case-crossover-study
#9
Lyndsay A Avalos, Hong Chen, De-Kun Li, Rupa Basu
BACKGROUND: Despite the prediction that temperatures are expected to increase in the future, little is known about the health effects of increasing temperatures on pregnant women. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of apparent temperature on spontaneous preterm delivery (PTD). METHODS: A case-crossover study of 14,466 singleton spontaneous preterm deliveries occurring between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2009 among Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) members was conducted...
February 1, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129768/exposure-to-air-pollution-near-a-steel-plant-is-associated-with-reduced-heart-rate-variability-a-randomised-crossover-study
#10
Robin H Shutt, Lisa Marie Kauri, Scott Weichenthal, Premkumari Kumarathasan, Renaud Vincent, Errol M Thomson, Ling Liu, Mamun Mahmud, Sabit Cakmak, Robert Dales
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown that as ambient air pollution (AP) increases the risk of cardiovascular mortality also increases. The mechanisms of this effect may be linked to alterations in autonomic nervous system function. We wished to examine the effects of industrial AP on heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of subtle changes in heart rate and rhythm representing autonomic input to the heart. METHODS: Sixty healthy adults were randomized to spend five consecutive 8-h days outdoors in one of two locations: (1) adjacent to a steel plant in the Bayview neighbourhood in Sault Ste Marie Ontario or (2) at a College campus, several kilometers from the plant...
January 28, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100255/early-life-exposure-to-air-pollution-and-greater-use-of-academic-support-services-in-childhood-a-population-based-cohort-study-of-urban-children
#11
Jeanette A Stingone, Katharine H McVeigh, Luz Claudio
BACKGROUND: There is a growing literature showing associations between prenatal and early-life exposure to air pollution and children's neurodevelopment. However, it is unclear if decrements in neurodevelopment observed in epidemiologic research translate into observable functional outcomes in the broader pediatric population. The objective of this study was to examine the association between early-life exposures to common urban air toxics and the use of academic support services, such as early intervention and special education within a population-based cohort of urban children...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100245/meeting-report-the-5th-international-expert-symposium-in-fukushima-on-radiation-and-health
#12
LETTER
Vladimir A Saenko, Geraldine A Thomas, Shunichi Yamashita
BACKGROUND: The symposium entitled "Chernobyl +30, Fukushima +5: Lessons and Solutions for Fukushima's Thyroid Question" was held in September, 2016 in Fukushima. The aim of the Symposium was to revisit and recapitulate evidence from the studies in Chernobyl in order to share multidisciplinary opinions and views on the likely reason for the high rate of thyroid cancer detected by the Thyroid Ultrasound Examination program in Fukushima Prefecture. PARTICIPANTS AND MATTERS DISCUSSED: The high prevalence of thyroid cancer in young individuals causes concerns among Fukushima residents and the general public that it might be due to putative radiation exposure from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049482/influence-of-exposure-differences-on-city-to-city-heterogeneity-in-pm2-5-mortality-associations-in-us-cities
#13
Lisa K Baxter, James L Crooks, Jason D Sacks
BACKGROUND: Multi-city population-based epidemiological studies have observed heterogeneity between city-specific fine particulate matter (PM2.5)-mortality effect estimates. These studies typically use ambient monitoring data as a surrogate for exposure leading to potential exposure misclassification. The level of exposure misclassification can differ by city affecting the observed health effect estimate. METHODS: The objective of this analysis is to evaluate whether previously developed residential infiltration-based city clusters can explain city-to-city heterogeneity in PM2...
January 4, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038675/erratum-to-the-relationship-between-atmospheric-lead-emissions-and-aggressive-crime-an-ecological-study
#14
Mark Patrick Taylor, Miriam K Forbes, Brian Opeskin, Nick Parr, Bruce P Lanphear
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December 30, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974043/airplane-pilot-mental-health-and-suicidal-thoughts-a-cross-sectional-descriptive-study-via-anonymous-web-based-survey
#15
Alexander C Wu, Deborah Donnelly-McLay, Marc G Weisskopf, Eileen McNeely, Theresa S Betancourt, Joseph G Allen
BACKGROUND: The Germanwings Flight 9525 crash has brought the sensitive subject of airline pilot mental health to the forefront in aviation. Globally, 350 million people suffer from depression-a common mental disorder. This study provides further information on this important topic regarding mental health especially among female airline pilots. This is the first study to describe airline pilot mental health-with a focus on depression and suicidal thoughts-outside of the information derived from aircraft accident investigations, regulated health examinations, or identifiable self-reports, which are records protected by civil aviation authorities and airline companies...
December 15, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964728/the-use-of-self-reported-symptoms-as-a-proxy-for-acute-organophosphate-poisoning-after-exposure-to-chlorpyrifos-50-plus-cypermethrin-5-among-nepali-farmers-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study
#16
Dea Haagensen Kofod, Erik Jørs, Anshu Varma, Shankuk Bhatta, Jane Frølund Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Previous studies stating a high prevalence of occupational acute pesticide poisoning in developing countries have mainly relied on measurements of the rather non-specific self-reported acute pesticide poisoning symptoms. Only a few studies have measured the biomarker plasma cholinesterase (PchE) activity, in addition to the symptoms, when assessing occupational acute pesticide poisoning. This study evaluated self-reported symptoms as a proxy for acute organophosphate poisoning among Nepali farmers by examining self-reported acute organophosphate poisoning symptoms and PchE activity in response to occupational acute organophosphate exposure...
December 13, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931228/internal-living-environment-and-respiratory-disease-in-children-findings-from-the-growing-up-in-new-zealand-longitudinal-child-cohort-study
#17
Sandar Tin Tin, Alistair Woodward, Rajneeta Saraf, Sarah Berry, Polly Atatoa Carr, Susan M B Morton, Cameron C Grant
BACKGROUND: The incidence of early childhood acute respiratory infections (ARIs) has been associated with aspects of the indoor environment. In recent years, public awareness about some of these environmental issues has increased, including new laws and subsequent changes in occupant behaviours. This New Zealand study investigated current exposures to specific risk factors in the home during the first five years of life and provided updated evidence on the links between the home environment and childhood ARI hospitalisation...
December 8, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903268/long-term-outdoor-air-pollution-and-dna-methylation-in-circulating-monocytes-results-from-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#18
Gloria C Chi, Yongmei Liu, James W MacDonald, R Graham Barr, Kathleen M Donohue, Mark D Hensley, Lifang Hou, Charles E McCall, Lindsay M Reynolds, David S Siscovick, Joel D Kaufman
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation may mediate effects of air pollution on cardiovascular disease. The association between long-term air pollution exposure and DNA methylation in monocytes, which are central to atherosclerosis, has not been studied. We investigated the association between long-term ambient air pollution exposure and DNA methylation (candidate sites and global) in monocytes of adults (aged ≥55). METHODS: One-year average ambient fine particulate matter (PM2...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899148/undereporting-of-acute-pesticide-poisoning-in-tanzania-modelling-results-from-two-cross-sectional-studies
#19
Elikana E Lekei, Aiwerasia V Ngowi, Leslie London
BACKGROUND: Acute pesticide poisoning (APP) is known to cause serious injuries to end users globally but the magnitude of this problem in Tanzania is not well known. This study aimed to determine the extent and pattern of underreporting of APP in Tanzania to inform the development of a surveillance system and appropriate interventions. METHODS: This study integrates findings from two recent Tanzanian studies. A household survey established the proportion of poisoned farmers in a typical rural area who reported to hospital for a pesticide poisoning...
November 29, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899110/then-and-now-lessons-learned-from-community-academic-partnerships-in-environmental-health-research
#20
LETTER
Maureen Lichtveld, Bernard Goldstein, Lynn Grattan, Christopher Mundorf
On the occasion of the 50(th) anniversary of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences we reflect on how environmental research incorporating community members as active partners has evolved, benefited communities and advanced environmental health research. We highlight the commitment to community partnerships in the aftermath of the 2010 Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill, and how that commitment helped improve science. We provide examples of community-academic partnerships across the engagement spectrum...
November 29, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
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