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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212639/erectile-dysfunction-and-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollution-in-a-nationally-representative-cohort-of-older-men
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209408/household-air-pollution-from-various-types-of-rural-kitchens-and-its-exposure-assessment
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Maninder Kaur Sidhu, Khaiwal Ravindra, Suman Mor, Siby John
Exposure to household air pollutants has become a leading environmental health risk in developing countries. Considering this, real-time temporal variation in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations were measured in various types of rural household kitchens. Observed average concentrations of PM2.5, CO, percent relative humidity (%RH) and temperature (T) in five different kitchen types were 549.6μg/m(3), 4.2ppm, 70.2% and 20°C respectively. Highest CO and PM2.5 concentration were found in household performing cooking in indoor kitchens (CO: 9...
February 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205155/endocrine-disruptors-and-obesity
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REVIEW
Philippa D Darbre
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review was to summarise current evidence that some environmental chemicals may be able to interfere in the endocrine regulation of energy metabolism and adipose tissue structure. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings demonstrate that such endocrine-disrupting chemicals, termed "obesogens", can promote adipogenesis and cause weight gain. This includes compounds to which the human population is exposed in daily life through their use in pesticides/herbicides, industrial and household products, plastics, detergents, flame retardants and as ingredients in personal care products...
February 15, 2017: Current Obesity Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190838/determination-of-aluminum-in-edible-jellyfish-using-chrome-azurol-s-with-spot-test-on-filter-paper
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Dai Cheng, Xinyu Zhang, Xiang Li, Lihua Hou, Chunling Wang
Aluminum (Al) has been well known as an environmental factor that may affect several enzymes and other biomolecules related to Alzheimer's disease. The increasing use of Al in the preparation and storage of food currently represents the main form of Al exposure for the general public. The present study was aimed to develop a household procedure for the rapid test determination of Al in edible jellyfish. The method was developed based on the reaction of Chrome Azurol S with Al in acidic medium, forming a colored compound on the surface of filter paper...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174221/do-biomass-fuel-use-and-consumption-of-unsafe-water-mediate-educational-inequalities-in-stillbirth-risk-an-analysis-of-the-2007-ghana-maternal-health-survey
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A Kofi Amegah, Simo Näyhä, Jouni J K Jaakkola
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have explored the association between educational inequalities and stillbirth but most have failed to elaborate how low educational attainment leads to an increased risk of stillbirth. We hypothesised that use of biomass fuels and consumption of unsafe water related to low educational attainment could explain the stillbirth burden in Ghana attributable to socioeconomic disadvantage. METHODS: Data from the 2007 Ghana Maternal Health Survey, a nationally representative population-based survey were analysed for this study...
February 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173608/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-scrub-typhus-in-south-india
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Paul Trowbridge, P Divya, Prasanna S Premkumar, George M Varghese
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and risk factors of scub typhus in Tamil Nadu, South India. METHODS: We performed a clustered seroprevalence study of the areas around Vellore. All participants completed a risk factor survey, with seropositive and seronegative participants acting as cases and controls, respectively, in a risk factor analysis. After univariate analysis, variables found to be significant underwent multivariate analysis. RESULTS: Of 721 people participating in this study, 31...
February 7, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157640/radioactivity-levels-in-the-mostly-local-foodstuff-consumed-by-residents-of-the-high-level-natural-radiation-areas-of-ramsar-iran
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Nasrin Fathabadi, Ali Akbar Salehi, Kazem Naddafi, Mohammad Reza Kardan, Masud Yunesian, Ramin Nabizadeh Nodehi, Mohammad Reza Deevband, Molood Gooniband Shooshtari, Saeedeh Sadat Hosseini, Mahtab Karimi
Among High Level Natural Radiation Areas (HLNRAs) all over the world, the northern coastal city of Ramsar has been considered enormously important. Many studies have measured environmental radioactivity in Ramsar, however, no survey has been undertaken to measure concentrations in the diets of residents. This study determined the (226)Ra activity concentration in the daily diet of people of Ramsar. The samples were chosen from both normal and high level natural radiation areas and based on the daily consumption patterns of residents...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135695/home-produced-eggs-an-important-pathway-of-human-exposure-to-perfluorobutanoic-acid-pfba-and-perfluorooctanoic-acid-pfoa-around-a-fluorochemical-industrial-park-in-china
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Hongqiao Su, Yajuan Shi, Yonglong Lu, Pei Wang, Meng Zhang, Andrew Sweetman, Kevin Jones, Andrew Johnson
Dietary intake is considered to be a major pathway of human exposure to perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs). Chicken egg is an important contributor to the Chinese diet. In the present study, PFAAs in home produced eggs (HPEs) and commercially produced eggs (CPEs) surrounding a fluorochemical industrial park (FIP) in China were investigated. PFAAs in HPEs decreased with increasing distance from the FIP. HPEs were much more contaminated than CPEs, with PFAAs in CPEs comparable to or lower than those in HPEs from 20km away from the FIP...
January 27, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128023/hypothesis-driven-weight-of-evidence-analysis-of-endocrine-disruption-potential-a-case-study-with-triclosan
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Ellen Mihaich, Marie Capdevielle, Daniella Urbach-Ross, Brian Slezak
Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent used in a range of consumer products, such as deodorants, oral care, clothing, and household items. As with many consumer products, triclosan can be rinsed down the drain and transported to wastewater treatment plants. While most is eliminated during activated sludge sewage treatment by biodegradation and adsorption, some triclosan enters the aquatic environment and may expose wildlife. Given the potential for exposure to both humans and wildlife, resolving whether triclosan is endocrine active is important due to growing concerns about potential adverse public health and environmental effects of endocrine-disrupting substances...
January 27, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126484/prevalence-of-hiv-infection-among-people-with-disabilities-a-population-based-observational-study-in-yaound%C3%A3-cameroon-handivih
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Pierre De Beaudrap, Gervais Beninguisse, Estelle Pasquier, Alice Tchoumkeu, Adonis Touko, Frida Essomba, Aude Brus, Toyin Janet Aderemi, Jill Hanass-Hancock, Arne Henning Eide, Muriel Mac-Seing, Daniel Mont
BACKGROUND: In resource-limited settings, people with disabilities have been left behind in the response to HIV. In the HandiVIH study, we estimate and compare HIV prevalence and associated risk factors between people with and without disabilities. METHODS: In this cross-sectional, population-based, observational study, we used two-phase random sampling to recruit adults with disabilities and a control group matched for age, sex, and residential location from households of the general population...
January 23, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125059/racial-differences-in-perceptions-of-air-pollution-health-risk-does-environmental-exposure-matter
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Jayajit Chakraborty, Timothy W Collins, Sara E Grineski, Alejandra Maldonado
This article extends environmental risk perception research by exploring how potential health risk from exposure to industrial and vehicular air pollutants, as well as other contextual and socio-demographic factors, influence racial/ethnic differences in air pollution health risk perception. Our study site is the Greater Houston metropolitan area, Texas, USA-a racially/ethnically diverse area facing high levels of exposure to pollutants from both industrial and transportation sources. We integrate primary household-level survey data with estimates of excess cancer risk from ambient exposure to industrial and on-road mobile source emissions of air toxics obtained from the U...
January 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115149/pesticide-exposures-and-respiratory-health-in-general-populations
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REVIEW
Ming Ye, Jeremy Beach, Jonathan W Martin, Ambikaipakan Senthilselvan
Human exposures to pesticides can occur in the workplace, in the household and through the ambient environment. While several articles have reviewed the impact of pesticide exposures on human respiratory health in occupational settings, to the best of our knowledge, this article is the first one to review published studies on the association between pesticide exposures and human respiratory health in the general populations. In this article, we critically reviewed evidences up to date studying the associations between non-occupational pesticide exposures and respiratory health in general populations...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110016/spatial-characteristics-of-urinary-btex-concentrations-in-the-general-population
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Xanthi Tsangari, Xanthi D Andrianou, Agapios Agapiou, Pawel Mochalski, Konstantinos C Makris
Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-, m-, and p-xylenes (BTEX) are ubiquitous outdoor and indoor air pollutants associated with both environmental and health effects. The objective of this exploratory study was to determine the magnitude and variability of urinary BTEX levels among residents of two areas located in the same city (Nicosia, Cyprus). The two areas differed with respect to their proximity to an industrial cluster and an intercity-highway. First morning urine voids were collected during a random campaign from selected households in the two urban areas (n = 48)...
January 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109710/univariate-predictors-of-maternal-concentrations-of-environmental-chemicals-the-mirec-study
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Antoine Lewin, Tye E Arbuckle, Mandy Fisher, Chun Lei Liang, Leonora Marro, Karelyn Davis, Nadia Abdelouahab, William D Fraser
BACKGROUND: The developing fetus and pregnant woman can be exposed to a variety of environmental chemicals that may adversely affect their health. Moreover, environmental exposure and risk disparities are associated with different social determinants, including socioeconomic status (SES) and demographic indicators. Our aim was to investigate whether and how maternal concentrations of a large panel of persistent and non-persistent environmental chemicals vary according to sociodemographic and lifestyle characteristics in a large pregnancy and birth cohort...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093464/socioeconomic-status-smoke-exposure-and-health-outcomes-in-young-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Thida Ong, Michael Schechter, Jing Yang, Limin Peng, Julia Emerson, Ronald L Gibson, Wayne Morgan, Margaret Rosenfeld
BACKGROUND: Lower socioeconomic status (SES) and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure are both associated with poorer disease outcomes in cystic fibrosis (CF), and children with low SES are disproportionately exposed to ETS. We analyzed a large cohort of young children with CF to distinguish the impact of SES and ETS on clinical outcomes. METHODS: The Early Pseudomonas Infection Control Observational study enrolled Pseudomonas-negative young children with CF <13 years of age...
January 16, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073763/maternal-concentrations-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-and-fetal-markers-of-metabolic-function-and-birth-weight-the-maternal-infant-research-on-environmental-chemicals-mirec-study
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Jillian Ashley-Martin, Linda Dodds, Tye E Arbuckle, Maryse F Bouchard, Mandy Fisher, Anne-Sophie Morriset, Patricia Monnier, Gabriel D Shapiro, Adrienne S Ettinger, Renee Dallaire, Shayne Taback, William Fraser, Robert W Platt
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are ubiquitous, persistent chemicals that have been widely used in the production of common household and consumer goods for their nonflammable, lipophobic, and hydrophobic properties. Inverse associations between maternal or umbilical cord blood concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonate and birth weight have been identified. This literature has primarily examined each PFAS individually without consideration of the potential influence of correlated exposures...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063655/analysis-of-home-dust-for-staphylococcus-aureus-and-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-genes-using-quantitative-pcr
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Shanna Ludwig, Isabel Jimenez-Bush, Emily Brigham, Sonali Bose, Gregory Diette, Meredith C McCormack, Elizabeth C Matsui, Meghan F Davis
BACKGROUND: The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is known to induce allergic inflammatory responses, including through secreted staphylococcal enterotoxin (SE) superantigens. To quantify indoor environmental exposures to these potential allergens, which may be associated with worse asthma, we developed a method for the assessment of S. aureus and SE in home dust and applied it to a study of homes of inner-city adults with asthma. METHODS: We conducted laboratory experiments to optimize sample processing and real-time PCR methods for detection and quantification of SA (femB) and SEA-D, based on published primers...
January 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058758/passengers-at-risk-a-multi-level-analysis-of-the-decision-to-travel-with-a-drunk-driver
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José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz, Aharon Blank-Gomel
AIMS: To assess the impact of demographic, intrapersonal and environmental factors on the likelihood in Chile of becoming a passenger of an alcohol-impaired driver (PAID). DESIGN: Multi-level cross-sectional study. SETTING: Data were acquired from two large-scale household surveys of representative samples of Chile's Metropolitan Region. PARTICIPANTS: The study included 1341 individuals ≥ 16 years; 696 of them reported engaging in PAID...
January 6, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056916/household-biomass-fuel-use-asthma-symptoms-severity-and-asthma-underdiagnosis-in-rural-schoolchildren-in-nigeria-a-cross-sectional-observational-study
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Oluwafemi Oluwole, Ganiyu O Arinola, Dezheng Huo, Christopher O Olopade
BACKGROUND: In 2014, the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) reported that the highest prevalence of symptoms of severe asthma was found in the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including Nigeria. While exposure to biomass fuel use may be an important risk factor in the development of asthma, its association with asthma symptoms severity has not been well-established. The aim of this study is to extend the spectrum of environmental risk factors that may be contributing towards increasing asthma morbidity, especially asthma symptoms severity in rural schoolchildren in Nigeria and to examine possible asthma underdiagnosis among this population...
January 5, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052445/acute-rheumatic-fever-and-exposure-to-poor-housing-conditions-in-new-zealand-a-descriptive-study
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Jane R Oliver, Nevil Pierse, Niki Stefanogiannis, Catherine Jackson, Michael G Baker
AIM: Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) is an important public health problem in low- and middle-income countries and in certain populations in high-income countries. Indigenous Australians, and New Zealand Māori and Pacific people, have incidence rates among the highest in the world. We aimed to investigate ARF cases' housing conditions and sore throat treatment to identify opportunities for improving ARF prevention in New Zealand. METHODS: Recently diagnosed cases and their care givers were interviewed...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
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