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- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Articles of Interest

"Effect of Early Life Exposure to Air Pollution on Development of Childhood Asthma," N. Clark, et. al., Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 118, No. 2, February 2010

Abstract:  A statistically significantly increased risk of asthma diagnosis with increased early life exposure to (pollutants) was observed. Traffic-related pollutants were associated with the highest risks. These data support the hypothesis that early childhood exposure to air pollutants plays a role in development asthma.

 

"Public health and economic impact of dampness and mold," D. Mudarri and W.J. Fisk, Indoor Air 2007; 17: 226-335

Abstract: There is a need to control moisture in both new and existing construction because of the significant health consequences that can result from dampness and mold.  This paper demonstrates that dampness and mold in buildings is a significant public health problem with substantial economic impact.

 

"Estimates of Improved Productivity and Health from Better Indoor Environments," W.J. Fisk and A. H. Rosenfeld, Indoor Air 1997; 158-172

Abstract: The existing literature contains strong evidence that characteristics of buildings and indoor environments significantly influence rates of respiratory disease, allergy and asthma symptoms, sick building symptoms and worker performance.  For the U.S. (the authors) estimate potential annual savings and productivity gains of $6 billion to $19 billion from reduced respiratory diseases and $1 billion to $4 billion from reduced allergies and asthma.

 

"Indoor ultrafine particles and childhood asthma:  exploring a potential public heath concern," S. Weichenthal, A. Dufresne, C. Infante-Rivard, Indoor Air 2007; 17:  81-91

Abstract:  Exposure to airborne particulate matter has a negative effect on respiratory heath in both children and adults.  Furthermore, (the authors) believe that indoor ultrafine particle exposures may be particularly important because people spend the majority of their time indoors where sources of these contaminants are often present.

 

"Clinical effects of air cleaners in homes of asthmatic children sensitized to pet allergens," S. van der Heide, et. al., Journal Allergy Clinical Immunology 1999; 104:  447-51

Abstract:  Exposure to cat and dog allergens is very common in the Western World and is a serious cause of asthma in sensitized subjects.  In young asthmatic patients sensitized and exposed to pets in the home, application of air cleaners in living rooms and bedrooms was accompanied by a significant improvement in airway hyper-responsiveness and a decrease in peak flow amplitude