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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231688/study-on-removal-difference-in-indoor-particulate-matter-and-volatile-organic-compounds-through-application-of-the-plants
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Seung-Han Hong, Jiyeon Hong, Jihyeon Yu, Young-Wook Lim
This study was conducted to evaluate the ability of plants to purify indoor air by observing the effective reduction rate among pollutant types of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds. Particulate matter and four types of volatile organic compounds were measured in a new building that is less than 3 years old and under three different conditions: before applying the plant, after applying the plant, and a room without a plant. The removal rate of each pollutant type due to the plant was also compared and analyzed...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231656/-acute-effect-of-ambient-air-pollution-on-small-airway-lung-functions-among-school-children-in-shanghai
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L J Zhang, C Y Guo, H H Xu, D Xu, X B Shen, X Y Du, M H Zhang, J G Tan, J H Zhang, C Y Dong, H L Qian, Y W Shi, M Z Pan, X D Zhou
Objective: To study the acute effects of compound ambient air pollution on small airway lung functions among school children in Shanghai. Method: A longitudinal survey on lung functions was conducted among 233 school-children from three schools (A, B and C, located in innerring, mid-ring and outer-ring areas). Lung function test was performed once a week for 3 times respectively, among children in school A and B in Dec. 2013 and in school C in Dec. 2014. The fourth lung function test was tested in Jun. 2014 and May 2015 in the respective schools...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
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/28231259/impact-of-seasonality-and-air-pollutants-on-carotid-femoral-pulse-wave-velocity-and-wave-reflection-in-hypertensive-patients
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Marina Di Pilla, Rosa Maria Bruno, Francesco Stea, Luciano Massetti, Stefano Taddei, Lorenzo Ghiadoni, Pietro Amedeo Modesti
OBJECTIVE: The effects of seasonality on blood pressure (BP) and cardiovascular (CV) events are well established, while the influence of seasonality and other environmental factors on arterial stiffness and wave reflection has never been analyzed. This study evaluated whether seasonality (daily number of hours of light) and acute variations in outdoor temperature and air pollutants may affect carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) and pressure augmentation. DESIGN AND METHOD: 731 hypertensive patients (30-88 years, 417 treated) were enrolled in a cross-sectional study during a 5-year period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230878/multifunctional-hybrid-porous-filters-with-hierarchical-structures-for-simultaneous-removal-of-indoor-vocs-dusts-and-microorganisms
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Yang Zhao, Ze-Xian Low, Shasha Feng, Zhaoxiang Zhong, Yong Wang, Zhong Yao
Air purification often requires multiple layers of filters with different functions to remove various air pollutants, which lead to high pressure drop, high air flow path and frequent filter replacement. In this work, a novel multifunctional Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 hybrid filter with a depth-type hierarchical structure for simultaneous removal of fine particles, microorganisms and VOCs was designed and fabricated. The novel hybrid air filter showed leading air purification performances to date, achieving 82.24% degradation of formaldehyde at room temperature, 99...
February 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230812/urban-pollutant-transport-and-infiltration-into-buildings-using-perfluorocarbon-tracers
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James C Matthews, Asan Bacak, M Anwar H Khan, Matthew D Wright, Michael Priestley, Damien Martin, Carl J Percival, Dudley E Shallcross
People spend the majority of their time indoors and therefore the quality of indoor air is worthy of investigation; indoor air quality is affected by indoor sources of pollutants and from pollutants entering buildings from outdoors. In this study, unique perfluorocarbon tracers were released in five experiments at a 100 m and ~2 km distance from a large university building in Manchester, UK and tracer was also released inside the building to measure the amount of outdoor material penetrating into buildings and the flow of material within the building itself...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230752/impact-of-particular-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...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230356/assessment-of-particle-pollution-from-jetliners-from-smoke-visibility-to-nanoparticle-counting
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Lukas Durdina, Benjamin T Brem, Ari Setyan, Frithjof Siegerist, Theo Rindlisbacher, Jing Wang
Aviation is a substantial and a fast growing emissions source. Besides greenhouse gases, aircraft engines emit black carbon (BC), a climate forcer and air pollutant. Aviation BC emissions have been regulated and estimated through exhaust smoke visibility (smoke number). Their impacts are poorly understood because emission inventories lack representative data. Here, we measured BC mass and number-based emissions of the most popular airliner's engines according to a new emission standard. We used a calibrated engine performance model to determine the emissions on the ground, at cruise altitude, and over entire flight missions...
February 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230285/modeling-lung-surfactant-interactions-with-benzo-a-pyrene
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Jacek Korchowiec, Anna Stachowicz-Kusnierz, Sonia Trojan, Lukasz Cwiklik, Beata Korchowiec
By reducing surface tension of the air-water interface in alveoli, lung surfactant (LS) is crucial for proper functioning of the lungs. It also forms the first barrier against inhaled pathogens. In this study we inspect the interactions of LS models with a dangerous air pollutant, benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). DPPC, POPC and their 1:1 mixture are used as LS models. Pressure-area isotherms are employed to study macroscopic properties of the monolayers. We find that addition of BaP has a condensing effect, manifested by lowering the values of surface pressure and shifting the isotherms to smaller areas...
February 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230108/mediation-pathways-and-effects-of-green-structures-on-respiratory-mortality-via-reducing-air-pollution
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Yu-Sheng Shen, Shih-Chun Candice Lung
Previous studies have shown both health and environmental benefits of green spaces, especially in moderating temperature and reducing air pollution. However, the characteristics of green structures have been overlooked in previous investigations. In addition, the mediation effects of green structures on respiratory mortality have not been assessed. This study explores the potential mediation pathways and effects of green structure characteristics on respiratory mortality through temperature, primary and secondary air pollutants separately using partial least squares model with data from Taiwan...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229506/local-control-strategy-simple-analyses-of-air-pollution-data-can-reveal-heterogeneity-in-longevity-outcomes
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Robert L Obenchain, S Stanley Young
Claims from observational studies that use traditional model specification searches often fail to replicate, partially because the available data tend to be biased. There is an urgent need for an alternative statistical analysis strategy, that is not only simple and easily understood but also is more likely to give reliable insights when the available data have not been designed and balanced. The alternative strategy known as local control first generates local, nonparametric effect-size estimates (fair treatment comparisons) and only then asks whether the observed variation in these local estimates can be predicted from potential confounding factors...
February 23, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225911/clean-air-matters-an-overview-of-traffic-related-air-pollution-and-pregnancy
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Anne Dorothée Slovic, Carmen Simone Diniz, Helena Ribeiro
The right to a healthy pregnancy and to giving birth in a safe environment is source of comprehensive research. Decent birth facilities, respect, and no discrimination are already recognized as fundamental rights, but an accurate look at the outdoor environment is required. Air pollution is a dangerous factor to pregnant women and newborns, many of whom highly exposed to traffic-related atmospheric pollutants in urban areas. Such exposure can lead to low birth weight and long-lasting effects, such as respiratory diseases and premature death...
February 16, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223692/human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-pbmcs-from-smokers-release-higher-levels-of-il-1-like-cytokines-after-exposure-to-combustion-generated-ultrafine-particles
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Gianluigi De Falco, Michela Terlizzi, Mariano Sirignano, Mario Commodo, Andrea D'Anna, Rita P Aquino, Aldo Pinto, Rosalinda Sorrentino
Ultrafine particles (UFP) generated by combustion processes are often associated with adverse health effects. However, little is known about the inflammatory processes generated by UFP that may underlie their toxicological activity. Murine macrophages (J774.1 cells) and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were used to evaluate the molecular mechanism underlying the pro-inflammatory activity of UFP. The addition of soot particles to J774.1 cells induced a concentration-dependent release of IL-1α, IL-1β and IL-33 This effect was not associated with cell death and, in contrast to literature, was pronounced at very low concentrations (5-100 pg/ml)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222977/ambient-temperature-and-emergency-department-visits-time-series-analysis-in-12-chinese-cities
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Qi Zhao, Yongming Zhang, Wenyi Zhang, Shanshan Li, Gongbo Chen, Yanbin Wu, Chen Qiu, Kejing Ying, Huaping Tang, Jian-An Huang, Gail Williams, Rachel Huxley, Yuming Guo
BACKGROUND: The association between ambient temperature and mortality has been well documented worldwide. However, limited data are available on nonfatal health outcomes, such as emergency department visits (EDVs), particularly from China. OBJECTIVES: To examine the temperature-EDV association in 12 Chinese cities; and to assess the modification effects by region, gender and age. METHODS: Daily meteorological data and non-accidental EDVs were collected during 2011-2014...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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/28222232/dietary-total-antioxidant-capacity-in-early-school-age-and-subsequent-allergic-disease
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Anna Gref, Susanne Rautiainen, Olena Gruzieva, Niclas Håkansson, Inger Kull, Göran Pershagen, Magnus Wickman, Alicja Wolk, Erik Melén, Anna Bergström
BACKGROUND: Dietary antioxidant intake has been hypothesized to influence the development of allergic diseases, however, few prospective studies have investigated this association. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to study the association between total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of the diet at age 8 years and the subsequent development of asthma, rhinitis and sensitization to inhalant allergens between 8 and 16 years, and to assess potential effect modification by known risk factors...
February 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221773/air-quality-impacts-of-electrifying-vehicles-and-equipment-across-the-united-states
#17
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
#18
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/28219016/airborne-pollen-and-suicide-mortality-in-tokyo-2001-2011
#19
Andrew Stickley, Chris Fook Sheng Ng, Shoko Konishi, Ai Koyanagi, Chiho Watanabe
Prior research has indicated that pollen might be linked to suicide mortality although the few studies that have been undertaken to date have produced conflicting findings and been limited to Western settings. This study examined the association between the level of airborne pollen and suicide mortality in Tokyo, Japan in the period from 2001 to 2011. The daily number of suicide deaths was obtained from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, with pollen data being obtained from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218450/chromium-iv-exposure-via-src-ras-signaling-promotes-cell-transformation
#20
Suthakar Ganapathy, Ping Li, Jean Lafontant, Rui Xiong, Tianqi Yu, Guojun Zhang, Changyan Chen
Hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] is a well-known environment carcinogen. The exposure of Cr(VI) through contaminated soil, air particles and drinking water is a strong concern for the public health worldwide. While many studies have been done, it remains unclear which intracellular molecules transduce Cr(VI)-mediated carcinogenic signaling in cells to promote cancer. In this study, we demonstrated that upon Cr(VI) treatment, the intracellular receptor src was activated, which further upregulated Ras activity, leading to the augmentation of ROS and onset of ER stress in human lung epithelial BEAS-2B or keratinocytes...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
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