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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108921/heavy-metals-and-nutrients-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-in-sediments-relationships-to-land-uses-environmental-risks-and-management
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Yubao Li, Joselito M Arocena, Qiao Zhang, Ronald W Thring, Jianbing Li
Management of sediments in polluted rivers requires an inventory of sediment quantities as well as their nutrient and metal contents and the chemical forms of pollutants. We investigated the influence of three major land uses (i.e., orange plantation-OP, OP + residential + industrial-OPRI, and residential + industrial-RI) on the quality of surface sediments (0-20 cm below water/sediment interface) at the Sanyang Wetland (China). The total contents of metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn) and nutrients (C, N, and P) as well as metal speciation in sediments were examined...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108783/health-symptoms-in-relation-to-temperature-humidity-and-self-reported-perceptions-of-climate-in-new-york-city-residential-environments
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Ashlinn Quinn, Jeffrey Shaman
Little monitoring has been conducted of temperature and humidity inside homes despite the fact that these conditions may be relevant to health outcomes. Previous studies have observed associations between self-reported perceptions of the indoor environment and health. Here, we investigate associations between measured temperature and humidity, perceptions of indoor environmental conditions, and health symptoms in a sample of New York City apartments. We measured temperature and humidity in 40 New York City apartments during summer and winter seasons and collected survey data from the households' residents...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108095/indoor-temperature-and-humidity-in-new-york-city-apartments-during-winter
#3
Ashlinn Quinn, Jeffrey Shaman
BACKGROUND: Concerns about indoor residential humidity have largely centered on dampness prevention. Overly dry air, however, may favor the survival of some viruses and hence respiratory infections. Many residents employ portable humidifiers to humidify their home environment, yet the effect of these humidifiers on indoor humidity is not known. METHODS: We monitored indoor temperature and humidity in 34 apartments in New York City during winter 2014-2015. We combined information from the monitors with surveyed information on building, household, and apartment-level factors and with information on household humidifier use...
January 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107740/ambient-air-pollution-and-primary-liver-cancer-incidence-in-four-european-cohorts-within-the-escape-project
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Marie Pedersen, Zorana J Andersen, Massimo Stafoggia, Gudrun Weinmayr, Claudia Galassi, Mette Sørensen, Kirsten T Eriksen, Anne Tjønneland, Steffen Loft, Andrea Jaensch, Gabriele Nagel, Hans Concin, Ming-Yi Tsai, Sara Grioni, Alessandro Marcon, Vittorio Krogh, Fulvio Ricceri, Carlotta Sacerdote, Andrea Ranzi, Ranjeet Sokhi, Roel Vermeulen, Kees de Hoogh, Meng Wang, Rob Beelen, Paolo Vineis, Bert Brunekreef, Gerard Hoek, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoke exposure increases the risk of cancer in the liver, but little is known about the possible risk associated with exposure to ambient air pollution. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the association between residential exposure to air pollution and primary liver cancer incidence. METHODS: We obtained data from four cohorts with enrolment during 1985-2005 in Denmark, Austria and Italy. Exposure to nitrogen oxides (NO2 and NOX), particulate matter (PM) with diameter of less than 10µm (PM10), less than 2...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107670/pharmaceutical-opioid-use-among-oral-and-intravenous-users-in-australia-a-qualitative-comparative-study
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George Dertadian, Jenny Iversen, Thomas C Dixon, Katrina Sotiropoulos, Lisa Maher
BACKGROUND: Between 1992 and 2012 dispensing episodes for pharmaceutical opioids (PO) in Australia increased from 500000 to 7500000. In the US, increases in the prescription of PO have been linked to increases in opioid-related morbidity and mortality and transitions to heroin injection. However, Australian data indicate that morbidity and mortality related to PO are relatively low, particularly when compared to heroin and other drugs. This paper explores the characteristics and patterns of non-medical pharmaceutical opioid (NMPO) use among a sample of young people in Sydney, Australia...
January 17, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105579/measuring-residential-segregation-with-the-acs-how-the-margin-of-error-affects-the-dissimilarity-index
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Jeffrey Napierala, Nancy Denton
The American Community Survey (ACS) provides valuable, timely population estimates but with increased levels of sampling error. Although the margin of error is included with aggregate estimates, it has not been incorporated into segregation indexes. With the increasing levels of diversity in small and large places throughout the United States comes a need to track accurately and study changes in racial and ethnic segregation between censuses. The 2005-2009 ACS is used to calculate three dissimilarity indexes (D) for all core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) in the United States...
January 19, 2017: Demography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104547/residential-eviction-and-exposure-to-violence-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-vancouver-canada
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Mary Clare Kennedy, Ryan McNeil, M-J Milloy, Huiru Dong, Thomas Kerr, Kanna Hayashi
BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) experience markedly elevated rates of physical and sexual violence, as well as housing instability. While previous studies have demonstrated an association between homelessness and increased exposure to violence among PWID, the relationship between residential eviction and violence is unknown. We therefore sought to examine the association between residential eviction and experiencing violence among PWID in Vancouver, Canada. METHODS: Data were derived from two open prospective cohort studies of PWID: the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS) and the AIDS Care Cohort to evaluate Exposure to Survival Services (ACCESS)...
January 16, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103063/delivering-on-the-promise-of-smoke-free-public-housing
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Douglas E Levy, Inez F Adams, Gary Adamkiewicz
On November 30, 2016, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a final rule mandating that public housing authorities it supports prohibit all smoking on their residential premises, including within residents' apartments. The primary rationale for this action was to protect nonsmoking residents from the harms of tobacco smoke exposure. Although the harms of secondhand smoke are clear and the potential for reducing nonsmoking residents' exposure is real, it will be no simple matter to successfully implement the policy requirements set down by HUD...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102982/requirements-for-notification-evaluation-and-reduction-of-lead-based-paint-hazards-in-federally-owned-residential-property-and-housing-receiving-federal-assistance-response-to-elevated-blood-lead-levels-final-rule
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This final rule amends HUD's lead-based paint regulations to reduce blood lead levels in children under age six (6) who reside in federally-owned or -assisted pre-1978 housing, formally adopting a revised definition of "elevated blood lead level" (EBLL) in children under the age of six (6), in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. It also establishes more comprehensive testing and evaluation procedures for the housing where such children reside. This final rule also addresses certain additional elements of the CDC guidance pertaining to assisted housing and makes technical corrections and clarifications...
13, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102553/roll-to-roll-production-of-metal-organic-framework-coatings-for-particulate-matter-removal
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Yifa Chen, Shenghan Zhang, Sijia Cao, Siqing Li, Fan Chen, Shuai Yuan, Cheng Xu, Junwen Zhou, Xiao Feng, Xiaojie Ma, Bo Wang
A powerful roll-to-roll hot-pressing strategy for mass production of metal-organic framework (MOF)-based filters (MOFilters) using various MOF systems with ranges of substrates is presented. Thus-obtained MOFilters show superior particulate matter removal efficiency under desired working temperatures. Such versatile MOFilters can be scaled up and purposely designed which endow MOFilters with great potentials in both residential and industrial pollution control.
January 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101367/contribution-of-point-and-small-scaled-sources-to-the-pm10-emission-using-positive-matrix-factorization-model
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Zohre Farahmandkia, Faramarz Moattar, Farid Zayeri, Mohamad Sadegh Sekhavatjou, Nabiollah Mansouri
BACKGROUND: The positive matrix factorization is a powerful environmental analysis technique which has been successfully utilized to assess air-born particulate matter source contribution. The new version of this model (PMF5) has two additional estimation error methods and some other useful advantages compared to the previous versions. In the present study, the capability of PMF5 for identification and contribution of small size particle source to the ambient particulate matter was evaluated...
2017: Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099774/drivers-of-soil-and-tree-carbon-dynamics-in-urban-residential-lawns-a-modeling-approach
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T L E Trammell, R V Pouyat, M M Carreiro, I Yesilonis
Soils constitute the largest sink of terrestrial carbon (C), and urban soils have the potential to provide significant soil C storage. Soils in urbanized landscapes experience a multitude of human alterations, such as compaction and management subsidies, that impact soil C dynamics. While field studies may provide data on urban soil C storage, modeling soil C dynamics under various human impact scenarios will provide a basis for identifying drivers of urban soil C dynamics and for predicting the potential for these highly altered soils to store C over time intervals not typically amenable to empirical validation...
January 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099658/background-noise-analysis-in-urban-airport-surroundings-of-brazilian-cities-congonhas-airport-s%C3%A3-o-paulo
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Fabio Scatolini, Cláudio Jorge Pinto Alves
OBJECTIVE: To perform a quantitative analysis of the background noise at Congonhas Airport surroundings based on large sampling and measurements with no interruption. METHODS: Measuring sites were chosen from 62 and 72 DNL (day-night-level) noise contours, in urban sites compatible with residential use. Fifteen sites were monitored for at least 168 hours without interruption or seven consecutive days. Data compilation was based on cross-reference between noise measurements and air traffic control records, and results were validated by airport meteorological reports...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096279/a-framework-of-comfort-for-practice-an-integrative-review-identifying-the-multiple-influences-on-patients-experience-of-comfort-in-healthcare-settings
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Cynthia Wensley, Mari Botti, Ann McKillop, Alan F Merry
PURPOSE: Comfort is central to patient experience but the concept of comfort is poorly defined. This review aims to develop a framework representing patients' complex perspective of comfort to inform practice and guide initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL, MEDLINE Complete, PsycINFO and Google Scholar (November 2016); reference lists of included publications. STUDY SELECTION: Qualitative and theoretical studies advancing knowledge about the concept of comfort in healthcare settings...
January 16, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096146/long-term-exposure-to-no2-and-ozone-and-hypertension-incidence-in-the-black-women-s-health-study
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Patricia F Coogan, Laura F White, Jeffrey Yu, Robert D Brook, Richard T Burnett, Julian D Marshall, Traci N Bethea, Lynn Rosenberg, Michael Jerrett
BACKGROUND: Evidence shows that exposure to air pollutants can increase blood pressure in the short and long term. Some studies show higher levels of hypertension prevalence in areas of high pollution. Few data exist on the association of air pollution with hypertension incidence. The purpose of the present study was to prospectively assess the associations of the traffic-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and of ozone with the incidence of hypertension in the Black Women's Health Study (BWHS), a large cohort study of African American women...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094609/ecological-potential-for-rabies-virus-transmission-via-scavenging-of-dead-bats-by-mesocarnivores
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Tad C Theimer, Annie C Dyer, Brian W Keeley, Amy T Gilbert, David L Bergman
Multiple species of bats are reservoirs of rabies virus in the Americas and are occasionally the source of spillover infections into mesocarnivore species. Although rabies transmission generally is assumed to occur via bite, laboratory studies have demonstrated the potential for rabies transmission via ingestion of rabid animals. We investigated the ecological potential for this mode of transmission by assessing mesocarnivore scavenging behavior of dead bats in suburban habitats of Flagstaff, Arizona. In autumn 2013, summer 2014, and autumn 2015, we placed 104 rabies-negative bat carcasses either near buildings, in wildland areas, or in residential yards and then monitored them with trail cameras for 5 d...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093439/national-estimation-of-children-in-residential-care-institutions-in-cambodia-a-modelling-study
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Lindsay Stark, Beth L Rubenstein, Kimchoeun Pak, Sok Kosal
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to collect baseline data on the number of children living in residential care institutions in Cambodia. The secondary objective was to describe the characteristics of the children (eg, age, sex, duration of stay, education and health). The data were intended to guide recent efforts by the Government of Cambodia to reduce the number of children living in residential care institutions and increase the number of children growing up in supportive family environments...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092762/a-novel-approach-for-exposure-assessment-in-air-pollution-epidemiological-studies-using-neuro-fuzzy-inference-systems-comparison-of-exposure-estimates-and-exposure-health-associations
#18
Victoria Blanes-Vidal, Manuella Lech Cantuaria, Esmaeil S Nadimi
Many epidemiological studies have used proximity to sources as air pollution exposure assessment method. However, proximity measures are not generally good surrogates because of their complex non-linear relationship with exposures. Neuro-fuzzy inference systems (NFIS) can be used to map complex non-linear systems, but its usefulness in exposure assessment has not been extensively explored. We present a novel approach for exposure assessment using NFIS, where the inputs of the model were easily-obtainable proximity measures, and the output was residential exposure to an air pollutant...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092754/public-participation-gis-for-improving-wood-burning-emissions-from-residential-heating-and-urban-environmental-management
#19
Susana López-Aparicio, Matthias Vogt, Philipp Schneider, Maarit Kahila-Tani, Anna Broberg
A crowdsourcing study supported by a public participation GIS tool was designed and carried out in two Norwegian regions. The aim was to improve the knowledge about emissions from wood burning for residential heating in urban areas based on the collection of citizens' localized insights. We focus on three main issues: 1) type of dwelling and residential heating source; 2) wood consumption and type of wood appliances; and 3) citizens' perception of the urban environment. Our study shows the importance of wood burning for residential heating, and of the resulted particle emissions, in Norwegian urban areas...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092105/effectiveness-of-water-fluoridation-in-the-prevention-of-dental-caries-across-adult-age-groups
#20
Loc Do, Diep Ha, Marco A Peres, John Skinner, Roy Byun, A John Spencer
BACKGROUND: Lifetime access to fluoridated water (FW) is associated with lower caries experience. However, assessing this association in adults is likely affected by age. Cohort stratification and categorization of per cent lifetime access to fluoridated water (% LAFW) within cohorts are current approaches to this assessment. These approaches require an examination of the % LAFW and caries experience variation within and across age groups and their association to inform future analyses...
January 16, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
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