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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812989/small-smart-fast-and-cheap-microchip-based-sensors-to-estimate-air-pollution-exposures-in-rural-households
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Ajay Pillarisetti, Tracy Allen, Ilse Ruiz-Mercado, Rufus Edwards, Zohir Chowdhury, Charity Garland, L Drew Hill, Michael Johnson, Charles D Litton, Nicholas L Lam, David Pennise, Kirk R Smith
Over the last 20 years, the Kirk R. Smith research group at the University of California Berkeley-in collaboration with Electronically Monitored Ecosystems, Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, and other academic institutions-has developed a suite of relatively inexpensive, rugged, battery-operated, microchip-based devices to quantify parameters related to household air pollution. These devices include two generations of particle monitors; data-logging temperature sensors to assess time of use of household energy devices; a time-activity monitoring system using ultrasound; and a CO₂-based tracer-decay system to assess ventilation rates...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801708/characterizing-particulate-matter-exfiltration-estimates-for-alternative-cookstoves-in-a-village-like-household-in-rural-nepal
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Sutyajeet I Soneja, James M Tielsch, Subarna K Khatry, Benjamin Zaitchik, Frank C Curriero, Patrick N Breysse
Alternative stoves are an intervention option to reduce household air pollution. The amount of air pollution exiting homes when alternative stoves are utilized is not known. In this paper, particulate matter exfiltration estimates are presented for four types of alternative stoves within a village-like home, which was built to reflect the use of local materials and common size, in rural Nepal. Four alternative stoves with chimneys were examined, which included an alternative mud brick stove, original Envirofit G3355 model, manufacture altered Envirofit G3355, and locally altered Envirofit G3355...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792949/does-environmental-policy-affect-scaling-laws-between-population-and-pollution-evidence-from-american-metropolitan-areas
#3
Nicholas Z Muller, Akshaya Jha
Modern cities are engines of production, innovation, and growth. However, urbanization also increases both local and global pollution from household consumption and firms' production. Do emissions change proportionately to city size or does pollution tend to outpace or lag urbanization? Do emissions scale differently with population versus economic growth or are emissions, population, and economic growth inextricably linked? How are the scaling relationships between emissions, population, and economic growth affected by environmental regulation? This paper examines the link between urbanization, economic growth and pollution using data from Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States between 1999 and 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755047/potential-impacts-of-modifiable-behavioral-and-environmental-exposures-on-reducing-burden-of-under-five-mortality-associated-with-household-air-pollution-in-nepal
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Sabrina Naz, Andrew Page, Kingsley Emwinyore Agho
Objectives Household air pollution (HAP) is one of the leading causes of respiratory illness and deaths among young children in low and lower-middle income countries. This study examines for the first time trends in the association between HAP from cooking fuel and under-five mortality and measures the potential impact of interventions to reduce HAP using Nepal Demographic and Health Survey datasets (2001-2011). Methods A total of 17,780 living children across four age-groups (neonatal 0-28 days, post-neonatal 1-11 months, child 12-59 months and under-five 0-59 months) were included and multi-level logistic regression models were used for analyses...
July 28, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732501/ambulatory-monitoring-demonstrates-an-acute-association-between-cookstove-related-carbon-monoxide-and-blood-pressure-in-a-ghanaian-cohort
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Ashlinn K Quinn, Kenneth Ayuurebobi Ae-Ngibise, Patrick L Kinney, Seyram Kaali, Blair J Wylie, Ellen Boamah, Daichi Shimbo, Oscar Agyei, Steven N Chillrud, Mohammed Mujtaba, Joseph E Schwartz, Marwah Abdalla, Seth Owusu-Agyei, Darby W Jack, Kwaku Poku Asante
BACKGROUND: Repeated exposure to household air pollution may intermittently raise blood pressure (BP) and affect cardiovascular outcomes. We investigated whether hourly carbon monoxide (CO) exposures were associated with acute increases in ambulatory blood pressure (ABP); and secondarily, if switching to an improved cookstove was associated with BP changes. We also evaluated the feasibility of using 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in a cohort of pregnant women in Ghana...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722632/pilot-intervention-study-of-household-ventilation-and-fine-particulate-matter-concentrations-in-a-low-income-urban-area-dhaka-bangladesh
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Anne M Weaver, Shahana Parveen, Doli Goswami, Christina Crabtree-Ide, Carole Rudra, Jihnhee Yu, Lina Mu, Alicia M Fry, Iffat Sharmin, Stephen P Luby, Pavani K Ram
Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is a risk factor for pneumonia; ventilation may be protective. We tested behavioral and structural ventilation interventions on indoor PM2.5 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We recruited 59 good ventilation (window or door in ≥ 3 walls) and 29 poor ventilation (no window, one door) homes. We monitored baseline indoor and outdoor PM2.5 for 48 hours. We asked all participants to increase ventilation behavior, including opening windows and doors, and operating fans. Where permitted, we installed windows in nine poor ventilation homes, then repeated PM2...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715172/a-spatiotemporal-industrial-activity-model-for-estimating-the-intensity-of-oil-and-gas-operations-in-colorado
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William B Allshouse, John L Adgate, Benjamin D Blair, Lisa M McKenzie
Oil and gas (O&G) production in the United States has increased in the last 15 years and operations, which are trending towards large multi-well pads, release hazardous air pollutants. Health studies have relied on proximity to O&G wells as an exposure metric, typically using an inverse distance weighting (IDW) approach. Since O&G emissions are dependent on multiple factors, a dynamic model is needed to describe the variability in air pollution emissions over space and time. We used information on Colorado O&G activities, production volumes, and air pollutant emission rates from two Colorado basins to create a spatiotemporal industrial activity model to develop an intensity-adjusted IDW well count metric...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712959/associations-between-long-term-exposure-to-air-pollution-glycosylated-hemoglobin-and-diabetes
#8
Trenton Honda, Vivian C Pun, Justin Manjourides, Helen Suh
BACKGROUND: Air pollution exposures have been shown to adversely impact health through a number of biological pathways associated with glucose metabolism. However, few studies have evaluated the associations between air pollution and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels. Further, no studies have evaluated these associations in US populations or investigated whether associations differ in diabetic as compared to non-diabetic populations. To address this knowledge gap, we investigated the associations between airborne fine particulate matter (PM2...
June 26, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655940/evaluating-the-effects-of-air-pollution-from-a-plastic-recycling-facility-on-the-health-of-nearby-residents
#9
Zhao Xin, Toshihide Tsuda, Hiroyuki Doi
We evaluated how exposure to airborne volatile organic compounds emitted from a plastic recycling facility affected nearby residents, in a cross-sectional study. Individuals>10 years old were randomly sampled from 50 households at five sites and given questionnaires to complete. We categorized the subjects by distance from the recycling facility and used this as a proxy measure for pollutant exposure. We sought to improve on a preceding study by generating new findings, improving methods for questionnaire distribution and collection, and refining site selection...
June 2017: Acta Medica Okayama
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645332/effects-of-air-pollution-and-seasons-on-health-related-quality-of-life-of-mongolian-adults-living-in-ulaanbaatar-cross-sectional-studies
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Motoyuki Nakao, Keiko Yamauchi, Yoko Ishihara, Hisamitsu Omori, Dashtseren Ichinnorov, Bandi Solongo
BACKGROUND: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is known as severely air-polluted city in the world due to increased coal consumption in the cold season. The health effects of air pollution in Mongolia such as mortality, morbidity and symptoms have been previously reported. However, the concept of health-related quality of life (HR-QoL), which refers to the individual's perception of well-being, should also be included as an adverse health outcome of air pollution. METHODS: Surveys on the Mongolian people living in Ulaanbaatar were performed in the warm and cold seasons...
June 23, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645052/cardiorespiratory-responses-of-air-filtration-a-randomized-crossover-intervention-trial-in-seniors-living-in-beijing-beijing-indoor-air-purifier-study-biapsy
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Danqing Shao, Yipeng Du, Shuo Liu, Bert Brunekreef, Kees Meliefste, Qian Zhao, Jie Chen, Xiaoming Song, Meng Wang, Juan Wang, Hongbing Xu, Rongshan Wu, Tong Wang, Baihuan Feng, Candice Shih-Chun Lung, Xian Wang, Bei He, Wei Huang
In this Beijing Indoor Air Purifier StudY (BIAPSY), we conducted a randomized crossover intervention trial in a panel of 35 non-smoking senior participants with free-living, with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Portable air filtration units were randomly allocated to active-(filter in) for 2weeks and sham-mode (filter out) for 2weeks in the households. We examined the differences in indoor air pollutant concentrations in 20 study homes and a suite of cardio-respiratory biomarker levels in study participants between filtration modes, with and without adjustment for potential confounders...
December 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624750/long-term-indoor-air-conditioner-filtration-and-cardiovascular-health-a-randomized-crossover-intervention-study
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Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Kin-Fai Ho, Lian-Yu Lin, Ta-Yuan Chang, Gui-Bing Hong, Chi-Ming Ma, I-Jung Liu, Kai-Jen Chuang
The association of short-term air pollution filtration with cardiovascular health has been documented. However, the effect of long-term indoor air conditioner filtration on the association between air pollution and cardiovascular health is still unclear. We recruited 200 homemakers from Taipei and randomly assigned 100 of them to air filtration or control intervention; six home visits were conducted per year from 2013 to 2014. The participants under air filtration intervention during 2013 were reassigned to control intervention in 2014...
June 15, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617088/clean-fuels-to-reduce-household-air-pollution-and-improve-health-still-hoping-to-answer-why-and-how
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Catherine H Miele, William Checkley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616492/the-role-of-environmental-health-in-one-health-a-uganda-perspective
#14
David Musoke, Rawlance Ndejjo, Edwinah Atusingwize, Abdullah Ali Halage
BACKGROUND: One Health is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. As the human population continues to increase across the world, the interface of people, animals and the environment becomes more significant and impactful. For the past few years, the One Health concept has brought together experts in the areas of animal and human health. It has provided a new synthesis for public health and veterinary communities across the world...
December 2016: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610581/household-air-pollution-from-cooking-and-risk-of-adverse-health-and-birth-outcomes-in-bangladesh-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Md Nuruzzaman Khan, Cherri Zhang B Nurs, M Mofizul Islam, Md Rafiqul Islam, Md Mizanur Rahman
BACKGROUND: Household air pollution (HAP) from cooking with solid fuels has become a leading cause of death and disability in many developing countries including Bangladesh. We assess the association between HAP and risk of selected adverse birth and maternal health outcomes. METHODS: Data for this study were extracted from Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey conducted during 2007-2014. Selected adverse birth outcomes were acute respiratory infection (ARI) among children, stillbirth, low birth weight (LBW), under-five mortality, neonatal mortality and infant mortality...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606699/integrated-assessment-of-exposure-to-pm2-5-in-south-india-and-its-relation-with-cardiovascular-risk-design-of-the-chai-observational-cohort-study
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Cathryn Tonne, Maëlle Salmon, Margaux Sanchez, V Sreekanth, Santhi Bhogadi, Sankar Sambandam, Kalpana Balakrishnan, Sanjay Kinra, Julian D Marshall
While there is convincing evidence that fine particulate matter causes cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, little of the evidence is based on populations outside of high income countries, leaving large uncertainties at high exposures. India is an attractive setting for investigating the cardiovascular risk of particles across a wide concentration range, including concentrations for which there is the largest uncertainty in the exposure-response relationship. CHAI is a European Research Council funded project that investigates the relationship between particulate air pollution from outdoor and household sources with markers of atherosclerosis, an important cardiovascular pathology...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591667/exposure-to-residential-road-traffic-noise-prior-to-conception-and-time-to-pregnancy
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Jeppe Schultz Christensen, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen, Matthias Ketzel, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Bodil Hammer Bech, Jørn Olsen, Mette Sørensen
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between residential road traffic noise and fecundity estimated by time to pregnancy (TTP). DESIGN: We identified 65,201 mothers from the Danish National Birth Cohort with self-reported information on TTP collected through computer assisted telephone interviews. Road traffic noise was modelled at all historical addresses and expressed as time-weighted means for periods corresponding to individual TTP. Associations were analyzed using logistic regression for analyses of dichotomous outcomes and ordinal logistic regression for TTP in four categories, adjusting for maternal age at conception, disposable household income, education and air pollution (NOx)...
June 4, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590125/significant-increase-of-aromatics-derived-secondary-organic-aerosol-during-fall-to-winter-in-china
#18
Xiang Ding, Yu-Qing Zhang, Quan-Fu He, Qing-Qing Yu, Jun-Qi Wang, Ru-Qin Shen, Wei Song, Yue-Si Wang, Xin-Ming Wang
Human activities release large amounts of anthropogenic pollutants into the air, and thereby produce substantial secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Aromatic hydrocarbons (AHs) that mainly emitted from coal combustion, transportation, solvent use and biofuel/biomass burning, are a major class of anthropogenic SOA precursors. At present, there are few field studies focusing on AH-derived SOA (SOAA) on a continental scale, especially in polluted regions of the world. In this study, a one-year concurrent observation of the SOAA tracer, 2,3-dihydroxy-4-oxopentanoic acid (C5H8O5, DHOPA) was carried out at 12 sites across six regions of China for the first time...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583817/wood-stove-pollution-in-the-developed-world-a-case-to-raise-awareness-among-pediatricians
#19
Lisa B Rokoff, Petros Koutrakis, Eric Garshick, Margaret R Karagas, Emily Oken, Diane R Gold, Abby F Fleisch
Use of wood for residential heating is regaining popularity in developed countries. Currently, over 11 million US homes are heated with a wood stove. Although wood stoves reduce heating costs, wood smoke may adversely impact child health through the emission of gaseous and particulate air pollutants. Our purpose is to raise awareness of this environmental health issue among pediatricians. To summarize the state of the science, we performed a narrative review of articles published in PubMed and Web of Science...
June 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575932/household-air-pollution-and-angiogenic-factors-in-pregnant-nigerian-women-a-randomized-controlled-ethanol-cookstove-intervention
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Anindita Dutta, Katherine Brito, Galina Khramstova, Ariel Mueller, Sireesha Chinthala, Donee Alexander, Damilola Adu, Tope Ibigbami, John Olamijulo, Abayomi Odetunde, Kehinde Adigun, Liese Pruitt, Olufunmilayo Olopade, Oladosu Ojengbede, Sarosh Rana, Christopher O Olopade
BACKGROUND: Maternal exposure to ambient air pollution affects placental growth markers. OBJECTIVES: Investigate impact of household air pollution (HAP) on placental growth markers. METHODS: Two groups of pregnant women were identified: firewood/kerosene stove-users (A, n=33) and bioethanol stove-users (B, n=44) that participated in a randomized control trial in Ibadan, Nigeria. A third group of non-smoking and presumed liquefied petroleum gas-using Chicago women (C, n=19) were included in this exploratory pilot to assess for possible differences between similar racial groups...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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