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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239256/outdoor-environment-and-pediatric-asthma-an-update-on-the-evidence-from-north-america
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REVIEW
Jenna Pollock, Lu Shi, Ronald W Gimbel
Introduction. The evidence about the association between asthma and outdoor environmental factors has been inadequate for certain allergens. Even less is known about how these associations vary across seasons and climate regions. We reviewed recent literature from North America for research related to outdoor environmental factors and pediatric asthma, with attention to spatial-temporal variations of these associations. Method. We included indexed literature between years 2010 and 2015 on outdoor environmental factors and pediatric asthma, by searching PubMed...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238437/impact-of-size-distributions-of-major-chemical-components-in-fine-particles-on-light-extinction-in-urban-guangzhou
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Yunjie Xia, Jun Tao, Leiming Zhang, Renjian Zhang, Shuanglin Li, Yunfei Wu, Junji Cao, Xiaojia Wang, Qingxia Ma, Zhe Xiong
To evaluate the impact of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) size distribution on aerosol chemical and optical properties, dominant chemical components including water-soluble inorganic ions (WSII), organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) in PM1 and PM2.5, aerosol scattering coefficient (bsp), and aerosol absorption coefficient (bap) were collected synchronously at an urban site in Guangzhou, south China during a typical summer month in 2009 and a winter month in 2010. PM1 (sizes smaller than 1μm) constituted 77% and 63% of PM2...
February 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238373/chemical-and-optical-properties-of-pm2-5-from-on-road-operation-of-light-duty-vehicles-in-delhi-city
#3
Jaiprakash, Gazala Habib
This study reports emission factors of PM2.5, elemental carbon (EC), organic carbon (OC), ions, trace elements and mass absorption cross-sections (MAC) of aerosol emitted from the on-road operation of light duty vehicles of different vintages. A portable dilution system was used to achieve complete quenching of aerosol at near ambient condition. The particles were collected on the filters and analyzed for chemical and light absorbing properties of aerosol. The diesel-powered passenger cars emitted higher PM2...
February 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237464/review-of-receptor-based-source-apportionment-research-of-fine-particulate-matter-and-its-challenges-in-china
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REVIEW
Yanjun Zhang, Jing Cai, Shuxiao Wang, Kebin He, Mei Zheng
As the key for haze control, atmospheric fine particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <2.5μm (or PM2.5) is of great concern lately in China. It is closely linked to fast pace of urbanization, industrialization and economic development, especially in eastern China. A good understanding of its sources is required for effective pollution abatement. Receptor models are one of the major methods for source apportionment used in China. The major objective of this study is to understand sources that contribute to fine particulate matter in China and key challenges in this area...
February 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237305/investigation-of-pm2-5-mass-concentration-over-india-using-a-regional-climate-model
#5
Sherin Hassan Bran, Rohit Srivastava
Seasonal variation of PM2.5 (Particulate Matter <2.5 μm) mass concentration simulated from WRF-Chem (Weather Research and Forecasting coupled with Chemistry) over Indian sub-continent are studied. The simulated PM2.5 are also compared with the observations during winter, pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon seasons of 2008. Higher value of simulated PM2.5 is observed during winter followed by post-monsoon, while lower values are found during monsoon. Indo-Gangetic Basin (IGB) exhibits high amount of PM2...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236785/association-between-ambient-particulate-matter-and-disorders-of-vestibular-function
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Changwoo Han, Youn-Hee Lim, Kweon Jung, Yun-Chul Hong
BACKGROUND: Exposure to environmental chemicals has been suggested to alter the physiologic state of the inner and middle ear. However, it is unknown if particulate matter exposure is associated with acute vestibular dysfunction. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the effects of particulate matter exposure on the number of hospital visits related to three major diseases of vestibular dysfunction, Meniere's disease (MD), benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), and vestibular neuronitis (VN)...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231551/acute-effect-of-ozone-exposure-on-daily-mortality-in-seven-cities-of-jiangsu-province-china-no-clear-evidence-for-threshold
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Kai Chen, Lian Zhou, Xiaodong Chen, Jun Bi, Patrick L Kinney
BACKGROUND: Few multicity studies have addressed the health effects of ozone in China due to the scarcity of ozone monitoring data. A critical scientific and policy-relevant question is whether a threshold exists in the ozone-mortality relationship. METHODS: Using a generalized additive model and a univariate random-effects meta-analysis, this research evaluated the relationship between short-term ozone exposure and daily total mortality in seven cities of Jiangsu Province, China during 2013-2014...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231550/short-term-particulate-matter-exposure-induces-extracellular-vesicle-release-in-overweight-subjects
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Matteo Bonzini, Laura Pergoli, Laura Cantone, Mirjam Hoxha, Andrea Spinazzè, Luca Del Buono, Chiara Favero, Michele Carugno, Laura Angelici, Lucia Broggi, Andrea Cattaneo, Angela C Pesatori, Valentina Bollati
BACKGROUND: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) represent a plausible molecular mechanism linking particulate matter (PM) inhalation to its systemic effects. Microvesicles (MVs) are released from many cell types in response to various stimuli. Increased body mass index (BMI) could modify the response to PM exposure due to enhanced PM uptake and/or an underlying pro-oxidative state. We investigated the relationship between EV release and PM10/PM2.5 exposure in a cohort of 51 volunteers. Subjects were stratified based on their BMI to evaluate whether overweight BMI is a determinant of hypersusceptibility to PM effects...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230752/impact-of-particulate-matter-exposure-and-surrounding-greenness-on-chronic-absenteeism-in-massachusetts-public-schools
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Piers MacNaughton, Erika Eitland, Itai Kloog, Joel Schwartz, Joseph Allen
Chronic absenteeism is associated with poorer academic performance and higher attrition in kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) schools. In prior research, students who were chronically absent generally had fewer employment opportunities and worse health after graduation. We examined the impact that environmental factors surrounding schools have on chronic absenteeism. We estimated the greenness (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)) and fine particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5) within 250 m and 1000 m respectively of each public school in Massachusetts during the 2012-2013 academic year using satellite-based data...
20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228238/spatial-and-temporal-variation-of-particulate-matter-characteristics-within-office-buildings-the-officair-study
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Tamás Szigeti, Christina Dunster, Andrea Cattaneo, Andrea Spinazzè, Corinne Mandin, Eline Le Ponner, Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes, Gabriela Ventura, Dikaia E Saraga, Ioannis A Sakellaris, Yvonne de Kluizenaar, Eric Cornelissen, John G Bartzis, Frank J Kelly
In the frame of the OFFICAIR project, office buildings were investigated across Europe to assess how the office workers are exposed to different particulate matter (PM) characteristics (i.e. PM2.5 mass concentration, particulate oxidative potential (OP) based on ascorbate and reduced glutathione depletion, trace element concentration and total particle number concentration (PNC)) within the buildings. Two offices per building were investigated during the working hours (5 consecutive days; 8h per day) in two campaigns...
February 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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/28221773/air-quality-impacts-of-electrifying-vehicles-and-equipment-across-the-united-states
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Uarporn Nopmongcol, John Grant, Eladio Knipping, Mark Alexander, Rob Schurhoff, David Young, Jaegun Jung, Tejas Shah, Greg Yarwood
U.S.-wide air quality impacts of electrifying vehicles and off-road equipment are estimated for 2030 using 3-D photochemical air quality model and detailed emissions inventories. Electrification reduces tailpipe emissions and emissions from petroleum refining, transport, and storage, but increases electricity demand. The Electrification Case assumes approximately 17% of light duty and 8% of heavy duty vehicle miles traveled and from 17% to 79% of various off-road equipment types considered good candidates for electrification is powered by electricity...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219424/health-risk-assessment-of-china-s-main-air-pollutants
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Jian Sun, Tiancai Zhou
BACKGROUND: With the rapid development of China's economy, air pollution has attracted public concern because of its harmful effects on health. METHODS: The source apportioning of air pollution, the spatial distribution characteristics, and the relationship between atmospheric contamination, and the risk of exposure were explored. The in situ daily concentrations of the principal air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, SO2, NO2, CO and O3) were obtained from 188 main cities with many continuous air-monitoring stations across China (2014 and 2015)...
February 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216601/fine-particulate-matter-concentrations-in-urban-chinese-cities-2005-2016-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mike Z He, Xiange Zeng, Kaiyue Zhang, Patrick L Kinney
Background: Particulate matter pollution has become a growing health concern over the past few decades globally. The problem is especially evident in China, where particulate matter levels prior to 2013 are publically unavailable. We conducted a systematic review of scientific literature that reported fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations in different regions of China from 2005 to 2016. Methods: We searched for English articles in PubMed and Embase and for Chinese articles in the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216030/sources-health-effects-and-control-strategies-of-indoor-fine-particulate-matter-pm2-5-a-review
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REVIEW
Zhisheng Li, Qingmei Wen, Ruilin Zhang
Indoor air quality is directly influenced by indoor PM2.5. Short-term and long-term exposure of PM2.5 in the micro environment would severely detriment the health of both humans and animals. The researches both at home and abroad dating from 2000 were analyzed and summarized mainly in the following 3 sections: source apportionment, health effects and control methods. Health effects were illustrated in both epidemiology and toxicology. The epidemiology was explicated in morbidity and mortality, the toxicology was illuminated in inflammatory reaction, oxidative stress, genotoxicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216028/cause-and-predictability-for-the-severe-haze-pollutions-in-downtown-beijing-during-november-december-2015
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Ziyin Zhang, Daoyi Gong, Seong-Joong Kim, Rui Mao, Jing Xu, Xiujuan Zhao, Zhiqiang Ma
When severe haze pollutions hit downtown Beijing during period of November-December 2015, Beijing issued the red alert for the heavy pollution for the first time in history. Based on the hourly PM2.5 concentration and meteorological variable records and the ERA-Interim reanalysis data, a series of diagnostic analyses were conducted to explore the possible meteorological causes for the severe haze pollutions. Using the online-coupled WRF-Chem model and GFS data, the predictability of hourly and daily PM2.5 concentration was evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215799/comprehensive-understanding-of-pm2-5-on-gene-and-microrna-expression-patterns-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-model
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Junchao Duan, Yang Yu, Yang Li, Li Jing, Man Yang, Ji Wang, Yanbo Li, Xianqing Zhou, Mark R Miller, Zhiwei Sun
PM2.5 is a major public health concern and some severe diseases have been attributed to exposure to PM2.5. However, a comprehensive understanding of gene and microRNA expression patterns induced by PM2.5 is missing. The objective of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of PM2.5 via genome-wide transcriptional analysis in the model teleost fish, zebrafish (Danio rerio). Gene ontology analysis revealed that the most impact gene functional categories induced by PM2.5 included oxidation-reduction process, transport, response to xenobiotic stimulus, response to chemical stimulus and metabolic process...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214192/land-use-regression-with-long-term-satellite-based-greenness-index-and-culture-specific-sources-to-model-pm2-5-spatial-temporal-variability
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Chih-Da Wu, Yu-Cheng Chen, Wen-Chi Pan, Yu-Ting Zeng, Mu-Jean Chen, Yue Leon Guo, Shih-Chun Candice Lung
This study utilized a long-term satellite-based vegetation index, and considered culture-specific emission sources (temples and Chinese restaurants) with Land-use Regression (LUR) modelling to estimate the spatial-temporal variability of PM2.5 using data from Taipei metropolis, which exhibits typical Asian city characteristics. Annual average PM2.5 concentrations from 2006 to 2012 of 17 air quality monitoring stations established by Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan were used for model development...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212893/traffic-related-air-pollution-impact-on-mouse-brain-accelerates-myelin-and-neuritic-aging-changes-with-specificity-for-ca1-neurons
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Nicholas C Woodward, Payam Pakbin, Arian Saffari, Farimah Shirmohammadi, Amin Haghani, Constantinos Sioutas, Mafalda Cacciottolo, Todd E Morgan, Caleb E Finch
Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is associated with lower cognition and reduced white matter volume in older adults, specifically for particulate matter <2.5-μm diameter (PM2.5). Rodents exposed to TRAP have shown microglial activation and neuronal atrophy. We further investigated age differences of TRAP exposure, with focus on hippocampus for neuritic atrophy, white matter degeneration, and microglial activation. Young- and middle-aged mice (3 and 18 months female C57BL/6J) were exposed to nanoscale-PM (nPM, <0...
January 13, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212639/erectile-dysfunction-and-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollution-in-a-nationally-representative-cohort-of-older-men
#20
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
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