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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...
June 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624972/sbs-symptoms-in-relation-to-dampness-and-ventilation-in-inspected-single-family-houses-in-sweden
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Greta Smedje, Juan Wang, Dan Norbäck, Håkan Nilsson, Karin Engvall
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationships between symptoms compatible with the sick building syndrome (SBS) in adults and building dampness and ventilation in single-family houses. METHODS: Within the Swedish BETSI study, a national sample of single-family houses were inspected by professional building experts, and adults living in the houses answered a questionnaire on SBS. Relationships between building factors and SBS were analysed using logistic regression. RESULTS: Of the respondents, 23% reported having had weekly SBS symptoms during the last three months...
June 17, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624750/long-term-indoor-air-conditioner-filtration-and-cardiovascular-health-a-randomized-crossover-intervention-study
#3
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/28621308/inhalation-toxicity-of-indoor-air-pollutants-in-drosophila-melanogaster-using-integrated-transcriptomics-and-computational-behavior-analyses
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Hyun-Jeong Eom, Yuedan Liu, Gyu-Suk Kwak, Muyoung Heo, Kyung Seuk Song, Yun Doo Chung, Tae-Soo Chon, Jinhee Choi
We conducted an inhalation toxicity test on the alternative animal model, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate potential hazards of indoor air pollution. The inhalation toxicity of toluene and formaldehyde was investigated using comprehensive transcriptomics and computational behavior analyses. The ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA) based on microarray data suggests the involvement of pathways related to immune response, stress response, and metabolism in formaldehyde and toluene exposure based on hub molecules...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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
#5
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/28600748/teacher-respiratory-health-symptoms-in-relation-to-school-and-home-environment
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Shao Lin, Wayne R Lawrence, Ziqiang Lin, Melissa Francois, Iulia A Neamtiu, Qiaoxuan Lin, Eva Csobod, Eugen S Gurzau
PURPOSE: Few studies have evaluated teachers' respiratory health, especially its relationship with school/home environment, and school policies. This study assessed asthma and smoking prevalence among teachers in Romania, teacher's perception and knowledge of the school environment, policies and asthma management, and how school and home environment affected asthma, allergy, and respiratory infection symptoms. METHODS: This cross-sectional study obtained information from 104 Romanian teachers utilizing teacher questionnaire data for Romania only, as part of the Schools Indoor Pollution and Health: Observatory Network in Europe (SINPHONIE) study, a multicenter European research project conducted between 2010 and 2012...
June 9, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594862/application-of-acoustic-agglomeration-to-enhance-air-filtration-efficiency-in-air-conditioning-and-mechanical-ventilation-acmv-systems
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Bing Feng Ng, Jin Wen Xiong, Man Pun Wan
The recent episodes of haze in Southeast Asia have caused some of the worst regional atmospheric pollution ever recorded in history. In order to control the levels of airborne fine particulate matters (PM) indoors, filtration systems providing high PM capturing efficiency are often sought, which inadvertently also results in high airflow resistance (or pressure drop) that increases the energy consumption for air distribution. A pre-conditioning mechanism promoting the formation of particle clusters to enhance PM capturing efficiency without adding flow resistance in the air distribution ductwork could provide an energy-efficient solution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592396/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-childhood-asthma-rhinitis-and-eczema-in-hong-kong-proposal-for-a-cross-sectional-survey
#8
So Lun Lee, Yu Lung Lau, Hing Sang Wong, Linwei Tian
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that particulate matter is a major problem in indoor air quality in Hong Kong schools, but little has been done to assess its relationship with health indicators in the children attending those schools. Our study aims to address this research gap by collecting aerosol data in schools to examine the link between different air pollutants with childhood respiratory health. It is important to explore whether or not the prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema are increasing in local children...
June 7, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590436/volatile-organic-compounds-in-anatomical-pathology-wards-comparative-and-qualitative-assessment-of-indoor-airborne-pollution
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Massimo Cipolla, Alberto Izzotti, Filippo Ansaldi, Paolo Durando, Maria Teresa Piccardo
The impact of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on indoor air quality and on human health is widely recognized. However, VOC contamination in hospital indoor air is rarely studied and chemical compounds that singularly do not show high toxicity are not submitted to any regulation. This study aimed to compare VOC contamination in two different anatomical pathology wards in the same hospital. Hydrocarbons, alcohols, and terpenes were sampled by passive diffusive samplers. Analytical tests were performed by thermal desorption coupled with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry detector...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573443/indoor-exposure-to-volatile-organic-compounds-in-children-health-risk-assessment-in-the-context-of-physiological-development
#10
Radoslaw Czernych, Artur J Badyda, Grazyna Gałęzowska, Lidia Wolska, Pawel Zagożdżon
Indoor air quality is strongly affected by the contamination of ambient air and that related to building and finishing materials and to human activity. Poor ventilation of closed spaces facilitates retention of greater quantity of pollutants. Infants and children are at particular risk of exposure to indoor air pollutants as they undergo rapid physiological and biochemical changes and demonstrate activity patterns unlike those in adults. Health risk assessment in children should be carried out with regard to children-specific factors, since these factors may constitute a source of errors...
June 2, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569620/indoor-air-quality-in-preschools-3-to-5-year-old-children-in-the-northeast-of-portugal-during-spring-summer-season-pollutants-and-comfort-parameters
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Marta Oliveira, Klara Slezakova, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Maria do Carmo Pereira, Simone Morais
Indoor air quality at schools (elementary, primary) has been the subject of many studies; however, there are still relative few data regarding preschool (3- to 5-year-old children) environments. This investigation determined the concentrations of particulate matter (PM)2.5, total volatile organic compounds (TVOC), formaldehyde, carbon monoxide (CO), and ozone (O3) as well as the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature, and relative humidity (RH) in the indoor and outdoor air of two preschools situated in different geographical regions of Portugal...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561795/evaluation-of-low-cost-mitigation-measures-implemented-to-improve-air-quality-in-nursery-and-primary-schools
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Juliana P Sá, Pedro T B S Branco, Maria C M Alvim-Ferraz, Fernando G Martins, Sofia I V Sousa
Indoor air pollution mitigation measures are highly important due to the associated health impacts, especially on children, a risk group that spends significant time indoors. Thus, the main goal of the work here reported was the evaluation of mitigation measures implemented in nursery and primary schools to improve air quality. Continuous measurements of CO₂, CO, NO₂, O₃, CH₂O, total volatile organic compounds (VOC), PM₁, PM2.5, PM10, Total Suspended Particles (TSP) and radon, as well as temperature and relative humidity were performed in two campaigns, before and after the implementation of low-cost mitigation measures...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558284/characterization-of-pm2-5-exposure-concentration-in-transport-microenvironments-using-portable-monitors
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Zhiyuan Li, Wenwei Che, H Christopher Frey, Alexis K H Lau, Changqing Lin
Recently, portable monitors have been increasingly used to quantify air pollutant concentrations at high spatiotemporal resolution. A sampling campaign was conducted to measure the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO) exposure concentrations in transport microenvironments (TMEs) in Hong Kong in January and June 2015 using TSI DustTrak and Q-Trak portable monitors. The objectives were to: (1) calibrate DustTrak and Q-Trak; (2) evaluate variability between seasons and microenvironments; (3) estimate indoor/outdoor relationships; and (4) determine minimum sample size...
May 27, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552772/pcb-28-metabolites-elimination-kinetics-in-human-plasma-on-a-real-case-scenario-study-of-hydroxylated-polychlorinated-biphenyl-oh-pcb-metabolites-of-pcb-28-in-a-highly-exposed-german-cohort
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Natalia Quinete, André Esser, Thomas Kraus, Thomas Schettgen
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are suspected of carcinogenic, neurotoxic and immunotoxic effects in animals and humans. Although background levels of PCBs have been slowly decreased after their ban, they are still among the most persistent and ubiquitous pollutants in the environment, remaining the subject of great concern. PCB 28 is a trichlorinated PCB found in high concentrations not only in human plasma but also in indoor air in Europe, yet little is known about its metabolic pathway and potential metabolites in humans...
July 5, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545208/spatio-temporal-analysis-of-particulate-matter-intake-fractions-for-vehicular-emissions-hourly-variation-by-micro-environments-in-the-greater-toronto-and-hamilton-area-canada
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Weeberb J Requia, Matthew D Adams, Altaf Arain, Petros Koutrakis, Wan-Chen Lee, Mark Ferguson
Previous investigations have reported intake fraction (iF) for different environments, which include ambient concentrations (outdoor exposure) and microenvironments (indoor exposure). However, little is known about iF variations due to space-time factors, especially in microenvironments. In this paper, we performed a spatio-temporal analysis of particulate matter (PM2.5) intake fractions for vehicular emissions. Specifically, we investigated hourly variation (12:00am-11:00pm) by micro-environments (residences and workplaces) in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Canada...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545099/fine-particles-in-homes-of-predominantly-low-income-families-with-children-and-smokers-key-physical-and-behavioral-determinants-to-inform-indoor-air-quality-interventions
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Neil E Klepeis, John Bellettiere, Suzanne C Hughes, Benjamin Nguyen, Vincent Berardi, Sandy Liles, Saori Obayashi, C Richard Hofstetter, Elaine Blumberg, Melbourne F Hovell
Children are at risk for adverse health outcomes from occupant-controllable indoor airborne contaminants in their homes. Data are needed to design residential interventions for reducing low-income children's pollutant exposure. Using customized air quality monitors, we continuously measured fine particle counts (0.5 to 2.5 microns) over a week in living areas of predominantly low-income households in San Diego, California, with at least one child (under age 14) and at least one cigarette smoker. We performed retrospective interviews on home characteristics, and particle source and ventilation activities occurring during the week of monitoring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541823/emission-factors-of-fine-particulate-matter-organic-and-elemental-carbon-carbon-monoxide-and-carbon-dioxide-for-four-solid-fuels-commonly-used-in-residential-heating-by-the-navajo-nation
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Wyatt M Champion, Lea Connors, Lupita D Montoya
Most homes in the Navajo Nation use wood as their primary heating fuel, often in combination with locally-mined coal. Previous studies observed health effects linked to this solid-fuel use in several Navajo communities. Emission factors (EF) for common fuels used by the Navajo have not been reported using a relevant stove type. In this study, two softwoods (Ponderosa Pine and Utah Juniper) and two high-volatile bituminous coals (Black Mesa and Fruitland) were tested with an in-use residential conventional wood stove (homestove) using a modified ASTM/EPA protocol...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536962/trace-element-contents-in-fine-particulate-matter-pm2-5-in-urban-school-microenvironments-near-a-contaminated-beach-with-mine-tailings-cha%C3%A3-aral-chile
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Stephanie Mesías Monsalve, Leonardo Martínez, Karla Yohannessen Vásquez, Sergio Alvarado Orellana, José Klarián Vergara, Miguel Martín Mateo, Rogelio Costilla Salazar, Mauricio Fuentes Alburquenque, Dante D Cáceres Lillo
Air quality in schools is an important public health issue because children spend a considerable part of their daily life in classrooms. Particulate size and chemical composition has been associated with negative health effects. We studied levels of trace element concentrations in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in indoor versus outdoor school settings from six schools in Chañaral, a coastal city with a beach severely polluted with mine tailings. Concentrations of trace elements were measured on two consecutive days during the summer and winter of 2012 and 2013 and determined using X-ray fluorescence...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520744/indoor-simulations-reveal-differences-among-plant-species-in-capturing-particulate-matter
#19
Jungang Chen, Xinxiao Yu, Huaxing Bi, Yanlin Fu
A number of studies have focused on the capacity of urban trees and shrubs to serve as efficient biological filters to mitigate air pollution. In this study, five different tree species were assessed for this function. Kerria japonica, Sophora japonica, Philadelphus pekinensis, Gleditsia sinensis, and Prunus persica 'Atropurpurea' were tested in a deposition chamber using (NH4)2SO4 particles. We quantified and compared the capability of all tested trees to remove particles by assessing deposition velocity, a measure of the ability to remove particles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512342/a-gas-sensor-array-for-the-simultaneous-detection-of-multiple-vocs
#20
Yumin Zhang, Jianhong Zhao, Tengfei Du, Zhongqi Zhu, Jin Zhang, Qingju Liu
Air quality around the globe is declining and public health is seriously threatened by indoor air pollution. Typically, indoor air pollutants are composed of a series of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are generally harmful to the human body, especially VOCs with low molecular weights (less than 100 Da). Moreover, in some situations, more than one type of VOC is present; thus, a device that can detect one or more VOCs simultaneously would be most beneficial. Here, we synthesized a sensor array with 4 units to detect 4 VOCs: acetone (unit 1), benzene (unit 2), methanol (unit 3) and formaldehyde (unit 4) simultaneously...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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