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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734266/air-quality-and-health-effects-of-biogenic-volatile-organic-compounds-emissions-from-urban-green-spaces-and-the-mitigation-strategies
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Yuan Ren, Zelong Qu, Yuanyuan Du, Ronghua Xu, Danping Ma, Guofu Yang, Yan Shi, Xing Fan, Akira Tani, Peipei Guo, Ying Ge, Jie Chang
Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) emissions lead to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone pollution, and are harmful to human health, especially in urban areas. However, most BVOCs estimations ignored the emissions from urban green spaces, causing inaccuracies in the understanding of regional BVOCs emissions and their environmental and health effects. In this study, we used the latest local vegetation datasets from our field survey and applied an estimation model to analyze the spatial-temporal patterns, air quality impacts, health damage and mitigating strategies of BVOCs emissions in the Greater Beijing Area...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732336/using-machine-learning-to-identify-air-pollution-exposure-profiles-associated-with-early-cognitive-skills-among-u-s-children
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Jeanette A Stingone, Om P Pandey, Luz Claudio, Gaurav Pandey
Data-driven machine learning methods present an opportunity to simultaneously assess the impact of multiple air pollutants on health outcomes. The goal of this study was to apply a two-stage, data-driven approach to identify associations between air pollutant exposure profiles and children's cognitive skills. Data from 6900 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, a national study of children born in 2001 and followed through kindergarten, were linked to estimated concentrations of 104 ambient air toxics in the 2002 National Air Toxics Assessment using ZIP code of residence at age 9 months...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732335/characteristics-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-during-persistent-extreme-haze-events-in-chengdu-southwest-china
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Lulu Li, Qinwen Tan, Yuanhang Zhang, Miao Feng, Yu Qu, Junling An, Xingang Liu
Based on detailed data from Chengdu Plain (CP) from 6 January to 16 January, two typical haze episodes were analyzed to clarify the haze formation mechanism in winter. Weather conditions, chemical compositions, secondary pollutant transformation, optical properties of aerosols, the potential source contribution function (PSCF) and source apportionment were studied. The planetary boundary layer (PBL) height decreased distinctly during the haze episodes and restrained air pollutant vertical dispersion. As the haze worsened, the value of PBL × PM2...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732305/association-between-gaseous-air-pollutants-and-inflammatory-hemostatic-and-lipid-markers-in-a-cohort-of-midlife-women
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Xiangmei May Wu, Rupa Basu, Brian Malig, Rachel Broadwin, Keita Ebisu, Ellen B Gold, Lihong Qi, Carol Derby, Rochelle S Green
BACKGROUND: Exposures to ambient gaseous pollutants have been linked to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), but the biological mechanisms remain uncertain. OBJECTIVES: This study examined the changes in CVD marker levels resulting from elevated exposure to ambient gaseous pollutants in midlife women. METHODS: Annual repeated measurements of several inflammatory, hemostatic and lipid makers were obtained from 2306 midlife women enrolled in the longitudinal Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) between 1999 and 2004...
July 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732014/association-of-time-serial-changes-in-ambient-particulate-matters-pms-with-respiratory-emergency-cases-in-taipei-s-wenshan-district
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Jer-Hwa Chang, Shih-Chang Hsu, Kuan-Jen Bai, Shau-Ku Huang, Chin-Wang Hsu
Ambient air pollution poses a significant risk for a group of common and often debilitating respiratory diseases, but its direct impact on cause-specific respiratory diseases using emergency room visit (ERV) as an indicator remains to be fully explored. In this study, we conducted a time-series study of ambient PM2.5, NO2, SO2 and their association with ERV for asthma, COPD and pneumonia in a four-year time span. Relative risks for ERV as per log increase in the level of ambient pollutants with time lags of up to 10 days were calculated, using a generalized additive model of Poisson regression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731859/air-pollution-and-parkinson-s-disease-evidence-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Natalia Palacios
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease of unknown etiology that is thought to be caused by a complex combination of environmental and/or genetic factors. Air pollution exposure is linked to numerous adverse effects on human health, including brain inflammation and oxidative stress, processes that are believed to contribute to the development and progression of PD. This review provides an overview of recent advances in the epidemiology of air pollution and PD, including evidence of the effects of various pollutants (ozone, PM10, PM2...
July 21, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730729/traffic-related-air-pollution-associations-with-cytokeratin-18-a-marker-of-hepatocellular-apoptosis-in-an-overweight-and-obese-paediatric-population
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S Hsieh, B P Leaderer, A E Feldstein, N Santoro, L A McKay, S Caprio, R McConnell
INTRODUCTION: Traffic-related air pollution causes fatty liver, inflammation and fibrosis in animal models, but there have been few studies in humans. OBJECTIVES: To test the hypothesis that traffic-related air pollution causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and increased markers for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); and that NAFLD increases liver susceptibility to increased NASH risk. METHODS: Data collected prospectively from 74 overweight or obese children were obtained from the Yale Pediatric Obesity Clinic...
July 20, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730356/seasonal-variation-of-chemical-composition-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-in-pune-india
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Ranjeeta D Gawhane, Pasumarthi Surya Prakasa Rao, Krishnakant B Budhavant, Vinayak Waghmare, Dhananjay C Meshram, Pramod D Safai
Particulate matter with size less than or equal to 2.5 μm (PM2.5) samples were collected from an urban site Pune, India, during April 2015 to April 2016. The samples were analyzed for various chemical constituents, including water soluble inorganic ions, organic carbon (OC), and elemental carbon (EC). The yearly mean total mass concentration of PM2.5 at Pune was 37.3 μg/m(3), which is almost four times higher than the annual WHO standard (10 μg/m(3)), and almost equal to that recommended by the Central Pollution Control Board, India (40 μg/m(3))...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728136/indoor-wood-burning-stove-and-fireplace-use-and-breast-cancer-in-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Alexandra J White, Dale P Sandler
BACKGROUND: Indoor burning of fuel for heating or cooking releases carcinogens. Little is known about the impact of indoor air pollution from wood-burning stoves or fireplaces on breast cancer risk. OBJECTIVES: In a large prospective cohort study, we evaluated the risk of breast cancer in relation to indoor heating and cooking practices. METHODS: Sister Study participants () were recruited from 2003-2009. Breast cancer-free women in the United States or Puerto Rico, 35-74 y old, with a sister with breast cancer were eligible...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727456/constrained-mixed-effect-models-with-ensemble-learning-for-prediction-of-nitrogen-oxides-concentrations-at-a-high-spatiotemporal-resolution
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Lianfa Li, Fred Lurmann, Rima Habre, Robert Urman, Edward Rappaport, Beate Ritz, Jiu-Chiuan Chen, Frank Gilliland, Jun Wu
Spatiotemporal models to estimate ambient exposures at high spatiotemporal resolutions are crucial in large-scale air pollution epidemiological studies that follow participants over extended periods. Previous models typically rely on central-site monitoring data and/or covered short periods, limiting their applications to long-term cohort studies. Here we developed a spatiotemporal model that can reliably predict nitrogen oxide concentrations with a high spatiotemporal resolution over a long time span (>20 years)...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726748/effect-of-air-pollution-on-menstrual-cycle-length-a-prognostic-factor-of-women-s-reproductive-health
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Anna Merklinger-Gruchala, Grazyna Jasienska, Maria Kapiszewska
Air pollution can influence women's reproductive health, specifically menstrual cycle characteristics, oocyte quality, and risk of miscarriage. The aim of the study was to assess whether air pollution can affect the length of the overall menstrual cycle and the length of its phases (follicular and luteal). Municipal ecological monitoring data was used to assess the air pollution exposure during the monitored menstrual cycle of each of 133 woman of reproductive age. Principal component analyses were used to group pollutants (PM10, SO₂, CO, and NOx) to represent a source-related mixture...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726722/comparison-of-the-results-of-studies-of-air-pollution-fungi-using-the-sas-super-100-mas-100-and-air-ideal
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Cecylia Łukaszuk, Elżbieta Krajewska-Kułak, Andrzej Guzowski, Wojciech Kułak, Bogumiła Kraszyńska
Although several air sampling devices for identifying and enumerating airborne microorganisms are commercially available, each poses some limitations. The aim of this study was to evaluate air pollution fungi using three such samplers: SAS Super 100, Microbiological Air Sampler (MAS) 100, and Air IDEAL. Mycological air was taken from the cellars of a 17th-century church in Siemiatycze, Poland, and the nearby outdoor environment. With samplers placed 1.5 m above the floor, microbial flora in air samples collected inside and outside the cellar were detected...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725443/associations-of-short-term-exposure-to-air-pollution-with-respiratory-hospital-admissions-in-arak-iran
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Mostafa Vahedian, Narges Khanjani, Moghaddameh Mirzaee, Ali Koolivand
BACKGROUND: Ambient air pollution, is one of the most frequently stated environmental problems. Many epidemiological studies have documented adverse health effects for ambient air pollution. This study aimed to investigate the association between ambient air pollution and respiratory hospital admissions. METHODS: In this ecological time series study data about air pollutant concentrations including CO, NO2, O3, PM2.5, PM10 and SO2 and, respiratory hospital admissions in the urban population of Arak, from January 1st 2010 to December 31st 2015; were inquired, from the Arak Department of Environment, and two major hospitals, respectively...
2017: Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724248/exposure-to-particulate-air-pollution-during-early-pregnancy-is-associated-with-placental-dna-methylation
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Jing Cai, Yan Zhao, Pengcheng Liu, Bin Xia, Qingyang Zhu, Xiu Wang, Qi Song, Haidong Kan, Yunhui Zhang
Maternal exposure to particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <10μm (PM10) during pregnancy results in adverse birth outcomes. Changes in placental DNA methylation might mediate those adverse effects. In this study, we examined the associations between prenatal PM10 exposure and DNA methylation of LINE1, HSD11B2 and NR3C1 in human placenta. One hundred and eighty-one mother newborn pairs (80 fetal growth restriction newborns, 101 normal newborns) participated in this study. The average PM10 exposure of each trimester and of the whole pregnancy was calculated using daily air pollution concentration data...
July 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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/28722541/nox-emission-calculations-for-bulk-carriers-by-using-engine-power-probabilities-as-weighting-factors
#16
Chih-Wen Cheng, Jian Hua, Daw-Shang Hwang
An important marine pollution issue identified by the International Maritime Organization is NOx emissions; however, the stipulated method for determining the NOx certification value does not reflect the actual high emission factors of slow-speed two-stroke diesel engines over long-term slow steaming. In this study, an accurate method is presented for calculating the NOx emission factors and total amount of NOx emissions by using the actual power probabilities of the diesel engines in four types of bulk carriers...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722353/auramine-o-an-incense-smoke-ingredient-promotes-lung-cancer-malignancy
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Jia-Chen Tung, Wei-Chien Huang, Juan-Cheng Yang, Guan-Yu Chen, Chi-Chen Fan, Yu-Chuan Chien, Pei-Shan Lin, Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Wei-Chao Chang
Burning incense to worship deities is a popular religious ritual in large parts of Asia, and is a popular custom affecting more than 1.5 billion adherents. Due to incomplete combustion, burning incense has been well recognized to generate airborne hazards to human health. However, the correlation between burning incense and lung cancer in epidemiological studies remains controversy. Therefore, we speculated that some unknown materials in incense smoke are involved in the initiation or progression of lung cancer...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722164/a-unifying-explanation-for-variation-in-ozone-sensitivity-among-woody-plants
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Zhaozhong Feng, Patrick Büker, Håkan Pleijel, Lisa Emberson, Per Erik Karlsson, Johan Uddling
Tropospheric ozone is considered the most detrimental air pollutant for vegetation at the global scale, with negative consequences for both provisioning and climate regulating ecosystem services. In spite of recent developments in ozone exposure metrics, from a concentration-based to a more physiologically relevant stomatal flux-based index, large scale ozone risk assessment is still complicated by a large and unexplained variation in ozone sensitivity among tree species. Here we explored whether the variation in ozone sensitivity among woody species can be linked to interspecific variation in leaf morphology...
July 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721803/stricter-air-pollution-levels-could-save-thousands-of-lives
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Up to 10,000 lives could be saved a year by reducing air pollution, research has found.
July 19, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719822/heavy-truck-restrictions-and-air-quality-implications-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
#20
Pedro José Pérez-Martínez, María de Fátima Andrade, Regina Maura de Miranda
This study quantified the effects of traffic restrictions on diesel fuel heavy vehicles (HVs) on the air quality of the Bandeirantes corridor using hourly data obtained by continuous monitoring of traffic and air quality at sites located on this avenue. The study addressed the air quality of a city impacted by vehicular emissions and that PM10 and NOX concentrations are mainly due to diesel burning. Data collection was split into two time periods, a period of no traffic constraint on HVs (Nov 2008 and 2009) and a period of constraint (Nov 2010, 2011 and 2012)...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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