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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351245/exposure-to-ambient-air-particles-increases-the-risk-of-mental-disorder-findings-from-a-natural-experiment-in-beijing
#1
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/29346418/the-relationship-of-lung-function-with-ambient-temperature
#2
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/29343777/the-hidden-cost-of-using-low-resolution-concentration-data-in-the-estimation-of-nh3-dry-deposition-fluxes
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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
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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
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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/29339966/acute-diesel-exhaust-exposure-and-postural-stability-a-controlled-crossover-experiment
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Jason Curran, Rachel Cliff, Nadine Sinnen, Michael Koehle, Chris Carlsten
Recent epidemiological evidence connects ambient air pollutants to adverse neurobehavioural effects in adults. In animal models, subchronic controlled exposures to diesel exhaust (DE) have also showed evidence of neuroinflammation. Evidence suggests that DE not only affects outcomes commonly associated with cognitive dysfunction, but also balance impairment. We conducted a controlled human exposure experiment with 28 healthy subjects (average age = 28 years (SD = 7.1; range = 21-49); and 40% female) who were exposed to two conditions, filtered air (FA) and DE (300 μg PM2...
2018: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336681/exposure-to-firework-chemicals-from-production-factories-in-pregnant-women-and-risk-of-preterm-birth-occurrence-in-liuyang-china
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Xun Li, Hongzhuan Tan, Meiling Luo, Xinrui Wu, Xin Huang, Shujin Zhou, Lin Shen, Yue He, Yi Liu, Li Hu, Mengshi Chen, Shimin Hu, Shi Wu Wen
In the production of fireworks, various pollutants including particles of metals and organic compounds are released into the environment. Although the adverse effects of these air pollutants are known, the impact on pregnant women residing in this area remains to be determined. The aim of this study was to examine the association between maternal exposure to fireworks production chemicals and frequency of preterm birth in Liuyang, China. Maternal exposure to fireworks production was estimated at the residential district level and assessed using factory density, which was defined as the number of fireworks factories per 1000 residents in each district...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334712/-the-effect-of-ambient-pm-10-on-sperm-quality-in-wuhan
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X C Wang, X J Tian, B Ye, L Ma, Y Zhang, J Yang
Objective: To investigate the effect of exposure to particulate matter ≤10 μm in aerodynamic diameter (PM(10)) on sperm quality in different stages of sperm development. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 1 827 patients attending the reproductive medicine center in Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University during April 2013 to January 2015. Air pollution data from January 2013 to January 2015 was obtained from the database of Wuhan Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. The generalized linear model was employed to assess the association between each exposure variables and sperm parameters for several exposure windows (0-9, 10-14, 15-69, 70-90, 0-90 days before sampling) ...
January 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331891/global-association-between-ambient-air-pollution-and-blood-pressure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Bo-Yi Yang, Zhengmin Qian, Steven W Howard, Michael G Vaughn, Shu-Jun Fan, Kang-Kang Liu, Guang-Hui Dong
Although numerous studies have investigated the association of ambient air pollution with hypertension and blood pressure (BP), the results were inconsistent. We performed a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of these studies. Seven international and Chinese databases were searched for studies examining the associations of particulate (diameter<2.5 μm (PM2.5), 2.5-10 μm (PM2.5-10) or >10 μm (PM10)) and gaseous (sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO)) air pollutants with hypertension or BP...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330495/large-unexplained-suite-of-chemically-reactive-compounds-present-in-ambient-air-due-to-biomass-fires
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V Kumar, B P Chandra, V Sinha
Biomass fires impact global atmospheric chemistry. The reactive compounds emitted and formed due to biomass fires drive ozone and organic aerosol formation, affecting both air quality and climate. Direct hydroxyl (OH) Reactivity measurements quantify total gaseous reactive pollutant loadings and comparison with measured compounds yields the fraction of unmeasured compounds. Here, we quantified the magnitude and composition of total OH reactivity in the north-west Indo-Gangetic Plain. More than 120% increase occurred in total OH reactivity (28 s-1 to 64 s-1) and from no missing OH reactivity in the normal summertime air, the missing OH reactivity fraction increased to ~40 % in the post-harvest summertime period influenced by large scale biomass fires highlighting presence of unmeasured compounds...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329563/pm2-5-induced-oxidative-stress-increases-intercellular-adhesion-molecule-1-expression-in-lung-epithelial-cells-through-the-il-6-akt-stat3-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-pathway
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Chen-Wei Liu, Tzu-Lin Lee, Yu-Chen Chen, Chan-Jung Liang, Shu-Huei Wang, June-Horng Lue, Jaw-Shiun Tsai, Shih-Wei Lee, Shun-Hua Chen, Yi-Fan Yang, Tzu-Yi Chuang, Yuh-Lien Chen
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown that ambient air pollution is closely associated with increased respiratory inflammation and decreased lung function. Particulate matters (PMs) are major components of air pollution that damages lung cells. However, the mechanisms remain to be elucidated. This study examines the effects of PMs on intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression and the related mechanisms in vitro and in vivo. RESULT: The cytotoxicity, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and monocyte adherence to A549 cells were more severely affected by treatment with O-PMs (organic solvent-extractable fraction of SRM1649b) than with W-PMs (water-soluble fraction of SRM1649b)...
January 12, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323422/community-interest-and-feasibility-of-using-a-novel-smartphone-based-formaldehyde-exposure-detection-technology
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Jessica Castner, Gretchen E Gehrke, Nicholas Shapiro, Karen C Dannemiller
OBJECTIVE: This study is the first community engagement phase of a project to develop a residential formaldehyde detection system. The objectives were to conduct a feasibility assessment for device use, and identify factors associated with concerns about environmental exposure and community interest in this device. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: A cross-sectional, internet-based survey employing community-based participatory research principles was utilized. 147 individuals participated from a focused Waycross, Georgia (58...
January 11, 2018: Public Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321054/the-association-between-daily-concentrations-of-air-pollution-and-visits-to-a-psychiatric-emergency-unit-a-case-crossover-study
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Anna Oudin, Daniel Oudin Åström, Peter Asplund, Steinn Steingrimsson, Zoltan Szabo, Hanne Krage Carlsen
BACKGROUND: Air pollution is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Experimental studies, and a few epidemiological studies, suggest that air pollution may cause acute exacerbation of psychiatric disorders, and even increase the rate of suicide attempts, but epidemiological studies on air pollution in association with psychiatric disorders are still few. Our aim was to investigate associations between daily fluctuations in air pollution concentrations and the daily number of visits to a psychiatric emergency unit...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320852/exposures-to-atmospheric-pm10-and-pm10-2-5-affect-male-semen-quality-results-of-marhcs-study
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Niya Zhou, Changtan Jiang, Qing Chen, Huan Yang, Xiaogang Wang, Peng Zou, Lei Sun, Jiaojiao Liu, Ling Li, Lianbing Li, Linping Huang, Hongqiang Chen, Lin Ao, Ziyuan Zhou, Jinyi Liu, Zhihong Cui, Jia Cao
Studies have shown that the effects of ambient particulate matter (PM) may be related to particle's size. However, results on the relationships between different PM and reproductive health are controversial. To explore the impacts of various PM fractions on male reproductive health, a total of 796 eligible subjects recruited in 2013 baseline investigation. In addition, there were 656 (82.4%) and 568 (71.3%) subjects participated follow-up surveys in 2014 and 2015, respectively. We used multivariable regression analysis and mixed-effect model to investigate the associations between air pollutants PM10, PM10-2...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320438/modeling-unobserved-heterogeneity-in-susceptibility-to-ambient-benzo-a-pyrene-concentration-among-children-with-allergic-asthma-using-an-unsupervised-learning-algorithm
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Daniel Fernández, Radim J Sram, Miroslav Dostal, Anna Pastorkova, Hans Gmuender, Hyunok Choi
Current studies of gene × air pollution interaction typically seek to identify unknown heritability of common complex illnesses arising from variability in the host's susceptibility to environmental pollutants of interest. Accordingly, a single component generalized linear models are often used to model the risk posed by an environmental exposure variable of interest in relation to a priori determined DNA variants. However, reducing the phenotypic heterogeneity may further optimize such approach, primarily represented by the modeled DNA variants...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319630/exposure-to-ambient-ultrafine-particles-and-nitrogen-dioxide-and-incident-hypertension-and-diabetes
#16
Li Bai, Hong Chen, Marianne Hatzopoulou, Michael Jerrett, Jeffrey C Kwong, Richard T Burnett, Aaron van Donkelaar, Ray Copes, Randall V Martin, Keith van Ryswyk, Hong Lu, Alexander Kopp, Scott Weichenthal
BACKGROUND: Previous studies reported that long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution may increase the incidence of hypertension and diabetes. However, little is known about the associations of ultrafine particles (≤0.1 micrometers in diameter) with these two conditions. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study to investigate the associations between exposures to ultrafine particles and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and the incidence of diabetes and hypertension...
January 9, 2018: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317916/exposure-to-no2-co-and-pm2-5-is-linked-to-regional-dna-methylation-differences-in-asthma
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Mary Prunicki, Laurel Stell, Deendayal Dinakarpandian, Mariangels de Planell-Saguer, Richard W Lucas, S Katharine Hammond, John R Balmes, Xiaoying Zhou, Tara Paglino, Chiara Sabatti, Rachel L Miller, Kari C Nadeau
Background: DNA methylation of CpG sites on genetic loci has been linked to increased risk of asthma in children exposed to elevated ambient air pollutants (AAPs). Further identification of specific CpG sites and the pollutants that are associated with methylation of these CpG sites in immune cells could impact our understanding of asthma pathophysiology. In this study, we sought to identify some CpG sites in specific genes that could be associated with asthma regulation (Foxp3 and IL10) and to identify the different AAPs for which exposure prior to the blood draw is linked to methylation levels at these sites...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315024/ozone-exposure-and-pulmonary-effects-in-panel-and-human-clinical-studies-considerations-for-design-and-interpretation
#18
A C Rohr
A wealth of literature exists regarding the pulmonary effects of ozone, a photochemical pollutant produced by the reaction of nitrogen oxide and volatile organic precursors in the presence of sunlight. This paper focuses on epidemiological panel studies and human clinical studies of ozone exposure, and discusses issues specific to this pollutant that may influence study design and interpretation as well as other, broader considerations relevant to ozone-health research. The issues are discussed using examples drawn from the wider literature...
January 9, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313074/source-apportionment-of-total-suspended-particles-tsp-by-positive-matrix-factorization-pmf-and-chemical-mass-balance-cmb-modeling-in-ahvaz-iran
#19
Khosro Ashrafi, Reza Fallah, Mostafa Hadei, Marayam Yarahmadi, Abbas Shahsavani
There is a compelling need for apportionment of pollutants' sources to facilitate their reduction through proper management plans. The present study was designed to determine the contribution of each possible source of total suspended particles in Ahvaz's ambient air using positive matrix factorization (PMF), chemical mass balance (CMB), and the SPECIATE database. The sampling program undertaken followed EPA's guidelines and finally resulted in 74 samples. The concentration of 33 elemental and 10 ionic species were measured during a whole year...
January 8, 2018: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304993/effect-of-ambient-air-pollution-on-hospitalization-for-heart-failure-in-26-of-china-s-largest-cities
#20
Hui Liu, Yaohua Tian, Jing Song, Yaying Cao, Xiao Xiang, Chao Huang, Man Li, Yonghua Hu
There is growing interest in the association between ambient air pollution and congestive heart failure (CHF), but research data from developing countries are very limited. The primary aim of this study was to examine the association between short-term exposure to air pollution and hospital admission for CHF in China. A time-stratified case-crossover study was conducted between 2014 and 2015 in 26 large Chinese cities among 105,501 CHF hospitalizations. Conditional logistic regression models were applied to estimate the percentage changes in CHF admissions in relation to per interquartile range increases in air pollutant concentrations...
December 11, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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