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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331347/environmental-triggers-and-avoidance-in-the-management-of-asthma
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REVIEW
Clarisse Gautier, Denis Charpin
Identifying asthma triggers forms the basis of environmental secondary prevention. These triggers may be allergenic or nonallergenic. Allergenic triggers include indoor allergens, such as house dust mites (HDMs), molds, pets, cockroaches, and rodents, and outdoor allergens, such as pollens and molds. Clinical observations provide support for the role of HDM exposure as a trigger, although avoidance studies provide conflicting results. Molds and their metabolic products are now considered to be triggers of asthma attacks...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320525/reducing-indoor-air-pollutants-with-air-filtration-units-in-wood-stove-homes
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Marcy L McNamara, Jonathon Thornburg, Erin O Semmens, Tony J Ward, Curtis W Noonan
BACKGROUND: Biomass burning has been shown to be a major source of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in developing and higher income countries across the world. Specifically, wood burning for cooking and heating contributes to high indoor concentrations of fine (particles with aerodynamic diameters<2.5μm; PM2.5) and coarse (particles with aerodynamic diameters <10μm and >2.5μm; PMc) particulate matter. Endotoxin, predominantly found within the coarse fraction of airborne particulate matter, is associated with proinflammatory effects and adverse outcomes among susceptible populations...
March 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319817/indoor-air-quality-of-low-and-middle-income-urban-households-in-durban-south-africa
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Nkosana Jafta, Lars Barregard, Prakash M Jeena, Rajen N Naidoo
INTRODUCTION: Elevated levels of indoor air pollutants may cause cardiopulmonary disease such as lower respiratory infection, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer, but the association with tuberculosis (TB) is unclear. So far the risk estimates of TB infection or/and disease due to indoor air pollution (IAP) exposure are based on self-reported exposures rather than direct measurements of IAP, and these exposures have not been validated. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to characterize and develop predictive models for concentrations of three air pollutants (PM10, NO2 and SO2) in homes of children participating in a childhood TB study...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303599/impact-of-surface-ozone-interactions-on-indoor-air-chemistry-a-modelling-study
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Magdalena Kruza, Alastair C Lewis, Glenn Morrison, Nicola Carslaw
An INdoor air Detailed Chemical Model (INDCM) was developed to investigate the impact of ozone reactions with indoor surfaces (including occupants), on indoor air chemistry in simulated apartments subject to ambient air pollution. The results are consistent with experimental studies showing that approximately 80% of ozone indoors is lost through deposition to surfaces. The human body removes ozone most effectively from indoor air per square meter of surface, but the most significant surfaces for C6 -C10 aldehyde formation are soft furniture and painted walls owing to their large internal surfaces...
March 17, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302216/-association-of-indoor-air-pollution-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-hif-1%C3%AE-gene-with-susceptibility-to-lung-cancer-in-han-population-in-fujian-province
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Fei He, Qi Qi, Xu Li, Rendong Xiao, Qiuping Xu, Weimin Xiong, Zhiqiang Liu, Lin Cai
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is associated with the progression and metastasis of lung cancer. There are, however, few studies on the relationship between the single nucleotide polymorphisms of HIF-1α and susceptibility to lung cancer. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the relationship between indoor air pollution, HIF-1α rs2057482, and the susceptibility to primary lung cancer of the Fujian Han population. METHODS: The present study is a hospital-based case-control study...
March 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288421/evaluating-the-impact-of-ambient-benzene-vapor-concentrations-on-product-water-from-condensation-water-from-air-technology
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Katherine M Kinder, Christopher A Gellasch, James S Dusenbury, Thomas C Timmes, Thomas M Hughes
Globally, drinking water resources are diminishing in both quantity and quality. This situation has renewed interest in Condensation Water From Air (CWFA) technology, which utilizes water vapor in the air to produce water for both potable and non-potable purposes. However, there are currently insufficient data available to determine the relationship between air contaminants and the rate at which they are transferred from the air into CWFA untreated product water. This study implemented a novel experimental method utilizing an environmental test chamber to evaluate how air quality and temperature affects CWFA untreated product water quality in order to collect data that will inform the type of water treatment required to protect human health...
March 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284941/scientific-production-on-indoor-air-quality-of-environments-used-for-physical-exercise-and-sports-practice-bibliometric-analysis
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REVIEW
Alexandro Andrade, Fábio Hech Dominski, Danilo Reis Coimbra
INTRODUCTION: In order to minimize adverse health effects and increase the benefits of physical activity, it is important to systematize indoor air quality study in environments used for physical exercise and sports. OBJECTIVES: To investigate and analyze the scientific production related to indoor air quality of environments used for physical exercise and sports practice through a bibliometric analysis. METHODS: The databases Scielo, Science Direct, Scopus, Lilacs, Medline via Pubmed, and SportDiscus were searched from their inception to March 2016...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284555/reduction-in-population-exposure-to-pm2-5-and-cancer-risk-due-to-pm2-5-bound-pahs-exposure-in-beijing-china-during-the-apec-meeting
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Yangyang Xie, Bin Zhao, Yuejing Zhao, Qinzi Luo, Shuxiao Wang, Bin Zhao, Shunhua Bai
Radical measures for controlling ambient air pollution sources were employed by the Chinese government during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in 2014, providing a unique case to evaluate the health effect benefits from such measures. To examine the cancer risk reduction from the source control measures during the APEC meeting, we estimated the reduction in population exposure to PM2.5 and PAHs and the reduction in PAHs-associated cancer risk if the control measures were sustained over time...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273596/challenges-in-estimating-health-effects-of-indoor-exposures-to-outdoor-particles-considerations-for-regional-differences
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Otto Hänninen, Isabell Rumrich, Arja Asikainen
Ambient air pollution is a leading environmental risk factor causing substantial losses of life and significant morbidity. Concentration-response (CR) functions used globally to estimate such effects are largely based on ambient epidemiology, using centrally monitored outdoor air quality as an exposure indicator and various indices of population health as an outcome. Similar common understanding is mostly missing regarding indoor exposures. Less studied are health impact modifying factors such as particle size, infiltration, time-activity and population differences...
March 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272309/determination-of-the-clean-air-delivery-rate-cadr-of-photocatalytic-oxidation-pco-purifiers-for-indoor-air-pollutants-using-a-closed-loop-reactor-part-ii-experimental-results
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Valérie Héquet, Frédéric Batault, Cécile Raillard, Frédéric Thévenet, Laurence Le Coq, Éric Dumont
The performances of a laboratory PhotoCatalytic Oxidation (PCO) device were determined using a recirculation closed-loop pilot reactor. The closed-loop system was modeled by associating equations related to two ideal reactors: a perfectly mixed reservoir with a volume of VR = 0.42 m³ and a plug flow system corresponding to the PCO device with a volume of VP = 5.6 × 10(-3) m³. The PCO device was composed of a pleated photocatalytic filter (1100 cm²) and two 18-W UVA fluorescent tubes. The Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of the apparatus was measured under different operating conditions...
March 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272308/determination-of-the-clean-air-delivery-rate-cadr-of-photocatalytic-oxidation-pco-purifiers-for-indoor-air-pollutants-using-a-closed-loop-reactor-part-i-theoretical-considerations
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Éric Dumont, Valérie Héquet
This study demonstrated that a laboratory-scale recirculation closed-loop reactor can be an efficient technique for the determination of the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of PhotoCatalytic Oxidation (PCO) air purification devices. The recirculation closed-loop reactor was modeled by associating equations related to two ideal reactors: one is a perfectly mixed reservoir and the other is a plug flow system corresponding to the PCO device itself. Based on the assumption that the ratio between the residence time in the PCO device and the residence time in the reservoir τP/τR tends to 0, the model highlights that a lab closed-loop reactor can be a suitable technique for the determination of the efficiency of PCO devices...
March 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267233/kerosene-lighting-contributes-to-household-air-pollution-in-rural-uganda
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D Muyanja, J G Allen, J Vallarino, L Valeri, B Kakuhikire, D R Bangsberg, D C Christiani, A C Tsai, P S Lai
The literature on the contribution of kerosene lighting to indoor air particulate concentrations is sparse. In rural Uganda, kitchens are almost universally located outside the main home, and kerosene is often used for lighting. In this study, we obtained longitudinal measures of particulate matter 2.5 microns or smaller in size (PM2.5 ) from living rooms and kitchens of 88 households in rural Uganda. Linear mixed effects models with a random intercept for household were used to test the hypotheses that primary reported lighting source and kitchen location (indoor vs...
March 7, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257921/toward-effective-design-and-adoption-of-catalyst-based-filter-for-indoor-hazards-formaldehyde-abatement-under-realistic-conditions
#13
Kwang Hoon Han, Jensen S Zhang, Bing Guo
Catalytic oxidation at ambient temperature has drawn wide attention as a new promising method of air cleaning, converting hazardous materials into non-hazardous ones. However, limited information is available regarding catalytic filter performance/characteristics under real operating conditions, especially on service efficiency and byproducts. Also, no practical scale-up method/evidence for filter performance evaluation is currently available to scale-up laboratory results to real application conditions. These limitations and knowledge gaps prevent building owners/designers from adopting this new promising technique in their commercial/industrial applications...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236484/characterization-and-source-profiling-of-volatile-organic-compounds-in-indoor-air-of-private-residences-in-selangor-state-malaysia
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Nobumitsu Sakai, Shuta Yamamoto, Yasuto Matsui, Md Firoz Khan, Mohd Talib Latif, Mustafa Ali Mohd, Minoru Yoneda
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in indoor air were investigated at 39 private residences in Selangor State, Malaysia to characterize the indoor air quality and to identify pollution sources. Twenty-two VOCs including isomers (14 aldehydes, 5 aromatic hydrocarbons, acetone, trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene) were collected by 2 passive samplers for 24h and quantitated using high performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Source profiling based on benzene/toluene ratio as well as statistical analysis (cluster analysis, bivariate correlation analysis and principal component analysis) was performed to identify pollution sources of the detected VOCs...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231688/study-on-removal-difference-in-indoor-particulate-matter-and-volatile-organic-compounds-through-application-of-the-plants
#15
Seung-Han Hong, Jiyeon Hong, Jihyeon Yu, Young-Wook Lim
This study was conducted to evaluate the ability of plants to purify indoor air by observing the effective reduction rate among pollutant types of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds. Particulate matter and four types of volatile organic compounds were measured in a new building that is less than 3 years old and under three different conditions: before applying the plant, after applying the plant, and a room without a plant. The removal rate of each pollutant type due to the plant was also compared and analyzed...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230878/multifunctional-hybrid-porous-filters-with-hierarchical-structures-for-simultaneous-removal-of-indoor-vocs-dusts-and-microorganisms
#16
Yang Zhao, Ze-Xian Low, Shasha Feng, Zhaoxiang Zhong, Yong Wang, Zhong Yao
Air purification often requires multiple layers of filters with different functions to remove various air pollutants, which lead to high pressure drop, high air flow path and frequent filter replacement. In this work, a novel multifunctional Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 hybrid filter with a depth-type hierarchical structure for simultaneous removal of fine particles, microorganisms and VOCs was designed and fabricated. The novel hybrid air filter showed leading air purification performances to date, achieving 82.24% degradation of formaldehyde at room temperature, 99...
February 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230812/urban-pollutant-transport-and-infiltration-into-buildings-using-perfluorocarbon-tracers
#17
James C Matthews, Asan Bacak, M Anwar H Khan, Matthew D Wright, Michael Priestley, Damien Martin, Carl J Percival, Dudley E Shallcross
People spend the majority of their time indoors and therefore the quality of indoor air is worthy of investigation; indoor air quality is affected by indoor sources of pollutants and from pollutants entering buildings from outdoors. In this study, unique perfluorocarbon tracers were released in five experiments at a 100 m and ~2 km distance from a large university building in Manchester, UK and tracer was also released inside the building to measure the amount of outdoor material penetrating into buildings and the flow of material within the building itself...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215812/indoor-air-pollutants-ventilation-rate-determinants-and-potential-control-strategies-in-chinese-dwellings-a-literature-review
#18
Wei Ye, Xu Zhang, Jun Gao, Guangyu Cao, Xiang Zhou, Xing Su
After nearly twenty years of rapid modernization and urbanization in China, huge achievements have transformed the daily lives of the Chinese people. However, unprecedented environmental consequences in both indoor and outdoor environments have accompanied this progress and have triggered public awareness and demands for improved living standards, especially in residential environments. Indoor pollution data measured for >7000 dwellings (approximately 1/3 were newly decorated and were tested for volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements, while the rest were tested for particles, phthalates and other semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), moisture/mold, inorganic gases and radon) in China within the last ten years were reviewed, summarized and compared with indoor concentration recommendations based on sensory or health end-points...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215483/investigating-the-relationship-between-environmental-factors-and-respiratory-health-outcomes-in-school-children-using-the-forced-oscillation-technique
#19
Jonathon Boeyen, Anna C Callan, David Blake, Amanda J Wheeler, Peter Franklin, Graham L Hall, Claire Shackleton, Peter D Sly, Andrea Hinwood
The environmental factors which may affect children's respiratory health are complex, and the influence and significance of factors such as traffic, industry and presence of vegetation is still being determined. We undertook a cross-sectional study of 360 school children aged 5-12 years who lived on the outskirts of a heavy industrial area in Western Australia to investigate the effect of a range of environmental factors on respiratory health using the forced oscillation technique (FOT), a non-invasive method that allows for the assessment of the resistive and reactive properties of the respiratory system...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209408/household-air-pollution-from-various-types-of-rural-kitchens-and-its-exposure-assessment
#20
Maninder Kaur Sidhu, Khaiwal Ravindra, Suman Mor, Siby John
Exposure to household air pollutants has become a leading environmental health risk in developing countries. Considering this, real-time temporal variation in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations were measured in various types of rural household kitchens. Observed average concentrations of PM2.5, CO, percent relative humidity (%RH) and temperature (T) in five different kitchen types were 549.6μg/m(3), 4.2ppm, 70.2% and 20°C respectively. Highest CO and PM2.5 concentration were found in household performing cooking in indoor kitchens (CO: 9...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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