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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351544/long-term-exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-blood-pressure-and-incident-hypertension-in-taiwanese-adults
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Zilong Zhang, Cui Guo, Alexis K H Lau, Ta-Chien Chan, Yuan Chieh Chuang, Changqing Lin, Wun Kai Jiang, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Tony Tam, Kam S Woo, Bryan P Yan, Ly-Yun Chang, Martin C S Wong, Xiang Qian Lao
BACKGROUND: Long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM) air pollution may increase blood pressure and the risk of hypertension. However, epidemiological evidence is scarce and inconsistent. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the associations between long-term exposure to PM with an aerodynamic diameter <2.5μm (PM2.5), blood pressure, and incident hypertension in a large Taiwanese cohort. METHODS: We studied 361,560 adults ≥18y old from a large cohort who participated in a standard medical examination program during 2001 to 2014...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351455/thrombosis-systemic-and-cardiac-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-induced-by-pulmonary-exposure-to-diesel-exhaust-particles-and-the-effect-of-nootkatone-thereon
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Abderrahim Nemmar, Suhail Al-Salam, Sumaya Beegam, Priya Yuvaraju, Badreldin H Ali
Adverse cardiovascular effects of particulate air pollution persist even at lower concentrations than those of the current air quality limit. Therefore, identification of safe and effective measures against particles-induced cardiovascular toxicity is needed. Nootkatone is a sesquiterpenoid in grapefruit with diverse bioactivities including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. However, its protective effect on the cardiovascular injury induced by diesel exhaust particles (DEP) has not been studied before...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351245/exposure-to-ambient-air-particles-increases-the-risk-of-mental-disorder-findings-from-a-natural-experiment-in-beijing
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Zhen Jia, Yongjie Wei, Xiaoqian Li, Lixin Yang, Huijie Liu, Chen Guo, Lulu Zhang, Nannan Li, Shaojuan Guo, Yan Qian, Zhigang Li
Epidemiology studies indicated that air pollution has been associated with adverse neurological effects in human. Moreover, the secretion of glucocorticoid (GC) affects the mood regulation, and the negative feedback of hippocampal glucocorticoid receptors (GR) inhibits the GC secretion. Meanwhile, the over secretion of GC can interfere the immune system and induce neurotoxicity. In the present study, the human test showed that the secretion of the cortisol in plasma was elevated after exposure in heavy air pollution...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350914/cys34-adductomes-differ-between-patients-with-chronic-lung-or-heart-disease-and-healthy-controls-in-central-london
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Sa Liu, Hasmik Grigoryan, William Matthew Bell Edmands, Sonia Dagnino, Rudy Sinharay, Paul Cullinan, Peter Collins, Kian Fan Chung, Benjamin M Barratt, Frank J Kelly, Paolo Vineis, Stephen M Rappaport
Oxidative stress generates reactive species that modify proteins, deplete antioxidant defenses and contribute to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and ischemic heart disease (IHD). To determine whether protein modifications differ between COPD or IHD patients and healthy subjects, we performed untargeted analysis of adducts at the Cys34 locus of human serum albumin (HSA). Biospecimens were obtained from nonsmoking participants from London, U.K., including healthy subjects (n=20) and patients with COPD (n=20) or IHD (n=10)...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350216/the-nitrogen-footprint-tool-network-a-multi-institution-program-to-reduce-nitrogen-pollution
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Elizabeth A Castner, Allison M Leach, Neil Leary, Jill Baron, Jana E Compton, James N Galloway, Meredith G Hastings, Jacob Kimiecik, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Elizabeth de la Reguera, Rebecca Ryals
Anthropogenic sources of reactive nitrogen have local and global impacts on air and water quality and detrimental effects on human and ecosystem health. This article uses the Nitrogen Footprint Tool (NFT) to determine the amount of nitrogen (N) released as a result of institutional consumption. The sectors accounted for include food (consumption and upstream production), energy, transportation, fertilizer, research animals, and agricultural research. The NFT is then used for scenario analysis to manage and track reductions, which are driven by the consumption behaviors of both the institution itself and its constituent individuals...
April 1, 2017: Sustainability (New Rochelle)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349943/environmental-and-body-concentrations-of-heavy-metals-at-sites-near-and-distant-from-industrial-complexes-in-ulsan-korea
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Joo Hyun Sung, Inbo Oh, Ahra Kim, Jiho Lee, Chang Sun Sim, Cheolin Yoo, Sang Jin Park, Geun Bae Kim, Yangho Kim
BACKGROUND: Industrial pollution may affect the heavy metal body burden of people living near industrial complexes. We determined the average concentrations of atmospheric heavy metals in areas close to and distant from industrial complexes in Korea, and the body concentrations of these heavy metals in residents living near and distant from these facilities. METHODS: The atmospheric data of heavy metals (lead and cadmium) were from the Regional Air Monitoring Network in Ulsan...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349491/formulation-and-stabilization-of-an-arthrobacter-strain-with-good-storage-stability-and-4-chlorophenol-degradation-activity-for-bioremediation
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Joakim Bjerketorp, Wilfred F M Röling, Xin-Mei Feng, Armando Hernández Garcia, Hermann J Heipieper, Sebastian Håkansson
Chlorophenols are widespread and of environmental concern due to their toxic and carcinogenic properties. Development of less costly and less technically challenging remediation methods are needed; therefore, we developed a formulation based on micronized vermiculite that, when air-dried, resulted in a granular product containing the 4-chlorophenol (4-CP)-degrading Gram-positive bacterium Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. This formulation and stabilization method yielded survival rates of about 60% that remained stable in storage for at least 3 months at 4 °C...
January 18, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347206/detection-of-time-delays-and-directional-interactions-based-on-time-series-from-complex-dynamical-systems
#8
Huanfei Ma, Siyang Leng, Chenyang Tao, Xiong Ying, Jürgen Kurths, Ying-Cheng Lai, Wei Lin
Data-based and model-free accurate identification of intrinsic time delays and directional interactions is an extremely challenging problem in complex dynamical systems and their networks reconstruction. A model-free method with new scores is proposed to be generally capable of detecting single, multiple, and distributed time delays. The method is applicable not only to mutually interacting dynamical variables but also to self-interacting variables in a time-delayed feedback loop. Validation of the method is carried out using physical, biological, and ecological models and real data sets...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346418/the-relationship-of-lung-function-with-ambient-temperature
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Joseph M Collaco, Lawrence J Appel, John McGready, Garry R Cutting
BACKGROUND: Lung function is complex trait with both genetic and environmental factors contributing to variation. It is unknown how geographic factors such as climate affect population respiratory health. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether ambient air temperature is associated with lung function (FEV1) in the general population. DESIGN/SETTING: Associations between spirometry data from two National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) periods representative of the U...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346281/a-prototype-sensor-for-in-situ-sensing-of-fine-particulate-matter-and-volatile-organic-compounds
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Chee-Loon Ng, Fuu-Ming Kai, Ming-Hui Tee, Nicholas Tan, Harold F Hemond
Air pollution exposure causes seven million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization. Possessing knowledge of air quality and sources of air pollution is crucial for managing air pollution and providing early warning so that a swift counteractive response can be carried out. An optical prototype sensor (AtmOptic) capable of scattering and absorbance measurements has been developed to target in situ sensing of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For particulate matter testing, a test chamber was constructed and the emission of PM2...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346115/mitochondrial-dysfunction-a-key-player-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases-linked-to-air-pollution
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REVIEW
Sri Rahavi Boovarahan, Gino A Kurian
Air pollution has become an environmental burden with regard to non-communicable diseases, particularly heart disease. It has been reported that air pollution can accelerate the development of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Air pollutants encompass various particulate matters (PMs), which change the blood composition and heart rate and eventually leads to cardiac failure by triggering atherosclerotic plaque ruptures or by developing irreversible ischemia. A series of major epidemiological and observational studies have established the noxious effect of air pollutants on cardiovascular diseases (CVD), but the underlying molecular mechanisms of its susceptibility and the pathological disease events remain largely elusive and are predicted to be initiated in the cell organelle...
January 18, 2018: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346078/long-term-high-air-pollution-exposure-induced-metabolic-adaptations-in-traffic-policemen
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Chaochao Tan, Yupeng Wang, Mingyue Lin, Zhu Wang, Li He, Zhiyi Li, Yu Li, Keqian Xu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the adverse physiological changes induced by long-term exposure to PM2.5. METHODS: Totally 183 traffic policemen and 88 office policemen as the control group, were enrolled in this study. The concentrations of PM2.5 in both the working places of traffic and office policemen were obtained. Detailed personal questionnaires and conventional laboratory tests including hematology, fasting blood glucose, blood lipids, liver, kidney, immunity and tumor-related markers were conducted on all participants of this study...
January 5, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345249/effects-of-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-on-the-prevention-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-in-rats-exposed-to-air-pollutant-particles-less-than-2-5-micrometers-in-diameter-pm2-5
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Lerong Chen, Xiaolan Yuan, Luru Zou, Jianping Peng, Xinchun Hu
BACKGROUND This study aimed to investigate the effects of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) on airway changes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) rats exposed to air pollutant particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5), and to evaluate the mechanisms. MATERIAL AND METHODS Three groups were included in this study: a normal group, a COPD model group, and a COPD with 1,25(OH)2D3 treatment group. In each group, the rats were divided into four subgroups: control and different doses of PM2...
January 18, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345235/news-on-climate-change-air-pollution-and-allergic-trigger-factors-of-asthma
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REVIEW
M D Amato, L Cecchi, I Annesi-Maesano, G D Amato
The rising frequency of obstructive respiratory diseases,in particular allergic asthma, observed over the last years, can be partially explained by changes occurring in the environment, with increasing presence in atmosphere of chemical (particulate matter and gaseous components such as nitrogen dioxide and ozone) and biologic (aeroallergens) trigger factors. Aeroallergens are able to stimulate, in allergic subjects, the airways' sensitization, inducing symptoms of bronchial asthma. Over the last 50 years, global earth's temperature has markedly risen likely because of growing emission of anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343860/predicted-impact-of-thermal-power-generation-emission-control-measures-in-the-beijing-tianjin-hebei-region-on-air-pollution-over-beijing-china
#15
Liqiang Wang, Pengfei Li, Shaocai Yu, Khalid Mehmood, Zhen Li, Shucheng Chang, Weiping Liu, Daniel Rosenfeld, Richard C Flagan, John H Seinfeld
Widespread economic growth in China has led to increasing episodes of severe air pollution, especially in major urban areas. Thermal power plants represent a particularly important class of emissions. Here we present an evaluation of the predicted effectiveness of a series of recently proposed thermal power plant emission controls in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region on air quality over Beijing using the Community Multiscale Air Quality(CMAQ) atmospheric chemical transport model to predict CO, SO2, NO2, PM2...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343777/the-hidden-cost-of-using-low-resolution-concentration-data-in-the-estimation-of-nh3-dry-deposition-fluxes
#16
Frederik Schrader, Martijn Schaap, Undine Zöll, Richard Kranenburg, Christian Brümmer
Long-term monitoring stations for atmospheric pollutants are often equipped with low-resolution concentration samplers. In this study, we analyse the errors associated with using monthly average ammonia concentrations as input variables for bidirectional biosphere-atmosphere exchange models, which are commonly used to estimate dry deposition fluxes. Previous studies often failed to account for a potential correlation between ammonia exchange velocities and ambient concentrations. We formally derive the exact magnitude of these errors from statistical considerations and propose a correction scheme based on parallel measurements using high-frequency analysers...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342453/fine-particulate-air-pollution-and-the-expression-of-micrornas-and-circulating-cytokines-relevant-to-inflammation-coagulation-and-vasoconstriction
#17
Renjie Chen, Huichu Li, Jing Cai, Cuicui Wang, Zhijing Lin, Cong Liu, Yue Niu, Zhuohui Zhao, Weihua Li, Haidong Kan
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a key factor in epigenetic regulation of gene expression, but miRNA responses to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution and their potential contribution to cardiovascular effects of PM2.5 are unknown. OBJECTIVE: We explored the potential influence of PM2.5 on the expression of selected cytokines relevant to systemic inflammation, coagulation, and vasoconstriction, and on miRNAs that may regulate their expression. METHODS: We designed a double-blind, randomized crossover study in which true and sham air purifiers were used to expose 55 healthy young adult students in Shanghai, China, to reduced or ambient levels of indoor PM2...
January 17, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342195/association-between-pm10-pm2-5-no2-o3-and-self-reported-diabetes-in-italy-a-cross-sectional-ecological-study
#18
Riccardo Orioli, Giuseppe Cremona, Luisella Ciancarella, Angelo G Solimini
INTRODUCTION: Air pollution represents a serious threat to health on a global scale, being responsible for a large portion of the global burden of disease from environmental factors. Current evidence about the association between air pollution exposure and Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is still controversial. We aimed to evaluate the association between area-level ambient air pollution and self-reported DM in a large population sample in Italy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We extracted information about self-reported and physician diagnosed DM, risk factors and socio-economic status from 12 surveys conducted nationwide between 1999 and 2013...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341949/impact-of-air-pollution-and-outdoor-temperature-on-the-rate-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-exacerbations
#19
Iliya I Krachunov, Nikolay H Kyuchukov, Zlatina I Ivanova, Nikolay A Yanev, Petkana A Hristova, Elena D Borisova, Tsanya P Popova, Plamen S Pavlov, Pavlina T Nikolova, Yavor Y Ivanov
BACKGROUND: Environmental pollution can be one of the main risk factors for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). AIM: To study the relationship between air pollution, outdoor temperature and exacerbations of COPD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: COPD patients (n=1432) were followed up for one year. The levels of particulate matter up to 10 μm (PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and outside temperatures were collected from the Environmental Agency database...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341852/emissions-of-organic-compounds-from-produced-water-ponds-ii-evaluation-of-flux-chamber-measurements-with-inverse-modeling-techniques
#20
Huy N Q Tran, Seth N Lyman, Marc L Mansfield, Trevor O'Neil, Richard L Bowers, Ann P Smith, Cara Keslar
In this study, we apply two different dispersion models to evaluate flux chamber measurements of emissions of 58 organic compounds, including C2-C11 hydrocarbons and methanol, ethanol, and isopropanol from oil and gas produced water ponds in the Uintah Basin. Field measurement campaigns using the flux chamber technique were performed at a limited number of produced water ponds in the Basin throughout 2013-2016. Inverse modeling results showed significantly higher emissions than were measured by the flux chamber...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
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