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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-888606


BACKGROUND@#Particulate matter (PM), a major component of ambient air pollution, accounts for a substantial burden of diseases and fatality worldwide. Maternal exposure to PM during pregnancy is particularly harmful to children's health since this is a phase of rapid human growth and development.@*METHOD@#In this review, we synthesize the scientific evidence on adverse health outcomes in children following prenatal exposure to the smallest toxic components, fine (PM@*RESULTS@#Maternal exposure to fine and ultrafine PM directly and indirectly yields numerous adverse birth outcomes and impacts on children's respiratory systems, immune status, brain development, and cardiometabolic health. The biological mechanisms underlying adverse effects include direct placental translocation of ultrafine particles, placental and systemic maternal oxidative stress and inflammation elicited by both fine and ultrafine PM, epigenetic changes, and potential endocrine effects that influence long-term health.@*CONCLUSION@#Policies to reduce maternal exposure and health consequences in children should be a high priority. PM

Adult , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Air Pollution/prevention & control , Animals , Cardiovascular Diseases/chemically induced , Child Health , Child, Preschool , Disease Models, Animal , Endocrine System Diseases/chemically induced , Epigenomics , Female , Humans , Immune System Diseases/chemically induced , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Maternal Exposure/adverse effects , Nervous System Diseases/chemically induced , Oxidative Stress , Particle Size , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Placenta , Pregnancy , Pregnancy Outcome/epidemiology , Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects/epidemiology , Respiratory Tract Diseases/chemically induced , Young Adult
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-878359


Objective@#This study aimed to use an air-liquid interface (ALI) exposure system to simulate the inhalation exposure of motorcycle exhaust particulates (MEPs) and then investigate the benchmark dose (BMD) of MEPs by evaluating cell relative viability (CRV) in lung epithelial BEAS-2B cells.@*Methods@#The MEPs dose was characterized by measuring the number concentration (NC), surface area concentration (SAC), and mass concentration (MC). BEAS-2B cells were exposed to MEPs at different concentrations @*Results@#Our results reveal that BMD of NC and SAC were estimated by the best-fitting Hill model, while MC was estimated by Polynomial model. The BMDL for CRV following ALI exposure to MEPs were as follows: 364.2#/cm @*Conclusion@#These results indicate that MEPs exposure

Benchmarking/statistics & numerical data , Bronchi/physiology , Cell Line , Cell Survival/drug effects , Epithelial Cells/physiology , Humans , Motorcycles , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Vehicle Emissions/analysis
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880334


BACKGROUND@#Previous studies have suggested that exposure to air pollution may increase stroke risk, but the results remain inconsistent. Evidence of more recent studies is highly warranted, especially gas air pollutants.@*METHODS@#We searched PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science to identify studies till February 2020 and conducted a meta-analysis on the association between air pollution (PM@*RESULTS@#A total of 68 studies conducted from more than 23 million participants were included in our meta-analysis. Meta-analyses showed significant associations of all six air pollutants and stroke hospital admission (e.g., PM@*CONCLUSIONS@#Exposure to air pollution was positively associated with an increased risk of stroke hospital admission (PM

Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Air Pollution/adverse effects , Environmental Exposure/adverse effects , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Incidence , Particle Size , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Stroke/mortality
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-922191


BACKGROUND@#International Labour Organization (ILO) report indicates more than 2.4 million workers die from work-related diseases and accidents each year. Work-related respiratory ailments related to airborne particulate matter such as flour dust are responsible for about 386,000 deaths and 6.6 million illness-adjusted life years. Even though exposure to flour dust together with the extreme expansions of flour mill sectors is a priority health concern, extent of the problem is little investigated in Ethiopia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the magnitude and risk factors of work-related respiratory symptoms among flour mill workers in Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia.@*METHODS@#This study employed a comparative cross-sectional survey of 560 samples (280 exposed group from flour mill workers and 280 unexposed group from office workers) with a stratified random sampling technique. The study was conducted from March to April 2019 in Bahir Dar City, Northwest Ethiopia. We used the British Medical Research Council (BMRC) questionnaire to assess work-related respiratory symptoms. The questionnaire was pretested and interview administered to collect data. Binary logistic regression analysis was fitted to evaluate significant factors of respiratory symptoms at a < 0.05 p value. Adjusted odds ratio (AOR) with a confidence interval (CI) of 95% was calculated to determine a strength of association.@*RESULTS@#All the sampled participants had fully responded to the interview. The median age of exposed and unexposed groups was 28.5 interquartile range (IQR, 20) and 31 (IQR, 15) years, respectively. The prevalence of work-related respiratory symptoms among flour mill workers was substantially higher than that of among controls, 63.9% and 20.7%, respectively (Χ@*CONCLUSION@#Respiratory symptoms emanating from exposure to various flour dusts were significantly higher among flour mill workers than among the control group. Therefore, we recommend the need to effectively implement health and safety programs that account for the reduction of dust at a source, use of engineering controls (e.g., provision of adequate ventilation systems), use of administrative measures (e.g., training program and health surveillance) and provision of a suitable personal protective equipment (PPE). Furthermore, it is vital to integrate workplace health and safety programs to the wider public health policies and strategies to effectively mitigate the burden of work-related respiratory conditions. We also encourage future studies to evaluate concentration of flour dusts combined with physical examinations to establish plausible associations of respiratory symptoms with dusts of flour mill-related origin.

Adult , Air Pollutants, Occupational/adverse effects , Cross-Sectional Studies , Dust , Ethiopia/epidemiology , Female , Flour , Humans , Male , Occupational Diseases/epidemiology , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Prevalence , Respiration Disorders/epidemiology , Risk Factors , Surveys and Questionnaires , Workplace , Young Adult
Neumol. pediátr. (En línea) ; 16(4): 167-171, 2021. ilus, tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1362145


La exposición a las emanaciones de incendios forestales es un importante problema de salud pública nacional e internacional. El cambio climático que conlleva sequía y aumento de la temperatura estival aumenta el riesgo y magnitud de los episodios de incendios forestales, generándose grandes incendios cuyas emanaciones pueden afectar a poblaciones distanciadas del epicentro. La asociación entre la exposición a las emanaciones de los incendios forestales, el aumento de las concentraciones de material particulado aéreo y la morbilidad respiratoria (exacerbación de asma y enfermedades respiratorias crónicas) ha sido evidenciada en diversos estudios. Sin embargo, es difícil realizar un metaanálisis de ellos, ya que la metodología empleada es muy disímil. Entre los principales mecanismos de morbilidad se encontrarían: la producción de citoquinas proinflamatorias, la activación endotelial y la disfunción del sistema nervioso autónomo. Ante la exposición al humo de incendios forestales, se produce daño tisular, aumento de los mecanismos protrombóticos, aumento de la presión arterial y cambios en el ritmo cardiaco, que explicaría los efectos cardiovasculares. Los sujetos con patología cardiovascular preexistente podrían tener mayor riesgo cardiovascular; sin embargo, existen factores confundentes en esta asociación. Por otra parte, el posible riesgo cancerígeno con la exposición a estas emanaciones requiere mayores estudios poblacionales.

Exposure to forest fire fumes is a major national and international public health issue. Climate change that leads to drought and increased summer temperature increases the risk and magnitude of wildfires episodes, generating mega-fires whose fumes not only affect the boundary population, but they may become transcontinental. Association between exposure to forest fire fumes, mainly increased concentrations of air born particulate matter and respiratory morbidity (exacerbation of asthma and chronic respiratory diseases) has been evidenced by diverse studies. However, it is difficult to carry out meta-analysis with them since the methodology used is dissimilar. Among the main causes of morbidity have been postulated the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, endothelial activation and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. Occurrence of tissue damage, increased prothrombotic mechanisms, increased blood pressure and changes in heart rate, would explain the cardiovascular effects associated with exposure to smoke from these fires. However, epidemiological outcomes have not been entirely consistent, as the association between cardiovascular morbidity and exposure to wildfire fumes may be mixed with confounding factors. Despite this, patients with pre-existing cardiovascular pathology may be at increased risk. Finally, the potential risk of carcinogen with exposure to these fumes requires further population studies.

Humans , Respiratory Tract Diseases/epidemiology , Wildfires , Air Pollution/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Respiratory Tract Diseases/etiology , Asthma/etiology , Asthma/epidemiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/etiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology , Public Health
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880305


BACKGROUND@#Particulate matter (PM) < 2.5 μm (PM@*METHODS@#We obtained DNA methylation and exercise data of 496 participants (aged between 30 and 70 years) from the Taiwan Biobank (TWB) database. We also extracted PM@*RESULTS@#DLEC1 methylation and PM@*CONCLUSIONS@#We found significant positive associations between PM

Adult , Aged , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , DNA Methylation/drug effects , Environmental Exposure/adverse effects , Exercise , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Taiwan , Tumor Suppressor Proteins/metabolism
Rev. salud pública ; 21(4): e374959, jul.-ago. 2019. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1127210


RESUMEN Objetivo Percibir la contaminación atmosférica por partículas finas (PM25) en el organismo humano en la zona urbana del Área Metropolitana de Monterrey [AMM], Nuevo León; considerando sus efectos y capacidad de detección sensorial a razón y percepción de cada sujeto. Materiales y Métodos Se realizó una investigación con 504 sujetos participantes de los efectos producidos por dicha exposición de contaminantes en el AMM, Nuevo León, teniendo en cuenta en el diseño los antecedentes del sujeto y su percepción inconsciente, con motivo de evitar el posible sesgo en el resultado. Resultados Se encontró que los niveles de contaminación presentes en el ambiente por partículas finas afectaron de manera distinta a los sujetos participantes sanos que a los reportados con alguna susceptibilidad o enfermedad visual y/o respiratoria. Discusión Se determinó que los niveles prevalecientes de contaminación atmosférica en el AMM han alcanzado grados de afectación en organismos de personas con susceptibilidad o problemas, ya sea visuales o respiratorios, cuando realizan sus actividades en ambientes exteriores.(AU)

ABSTRACT Objective Perceive the air pollution atmospheric by fine particles (PM25) in the human organism on the Metropolitan Urban Area of Monterrey [MUAM], Nuevo León; considering its effects and the sensorial detection capability by each subject's perception. Materials and Methods This research was made with 504 participating subjects exposed to the effects of the contaminants mentioned on the MUAM, Nuevo León, considering the background of each subject and their unconscious perception, in order to avoid the possible bias in the result. Results It was found that the present levels of environment pollution by fine particles affected on different ways the healthy participant subjects than the ones reported with any susceptibility or visual affection and/or respiratory illness. Discussion It was determined that the current levels of environment contaminants in the MUAM have reached degrees of affectation in organisms of people with susceptibility or problems either visual or respiratory, when they carry out their activities in external environments.(AU)

Humans , Air Pollution/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Visual Perception , Colombia , Olfaction Disorders
Braz. j. otorhinolaryngol. (Impr.) ; 85(3): 337-343, May-June 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1011621


Abstract Introduction: Burnt sugarcane harvesting requires intense physical exertion in an environment of high temperature and exposure to particulate matter. Objective: To evaluate the effects of burnt sugarcane harvesting on rhinitis symptoms and inflammatory markers in sugarcane workers. Methods: A total of 32 male sugarcane workers were evaluated with questionnaire for rhinitis symptoms, and for inflammatory markers on peripheral blood and nasal lavage, in the non-harvesting, and 3 and 6 months into the sugarcane harvesting period. Weather data and particulate matter fine concentrations were measured in the same day. Results: The particulate matter concentrations in sugarcane harvesting were 27 (23-33 µg/m3), 112 (96-122 µg/m3), and 63 (17-263 µg/m3); 24 h temperatures were 32.6 (25.4-37.4 ºC), 32.3 (26.7-36.7 ºC) and 29.7 (24.1-34.0 ºC) and relative humidities were 45.4 (35.0-59.7%), 47.9 (39.1-63.0%), and 59.9 (34.7-63.2%) in the non-harvesting period, three and 6 months of the harvesting period. The age was 37.4 ± 10.9 years. The prevalence of rhinitis symptoms was significantly higher at 3 months of the harvesting period (53.4%), compared to non-harvesting period (26.7%; p = 0.039) and at 6 months into the harvesting period (20%; p = 0.006). Concentrations of interleukin 6 (IL-6) in nasal lavage increased after 3 months of the harvesting period compared to the non-harvesting period (p = 0.012). The presence of rhinitis symptoms, after 3 months of the harvesting period, was directly associated with blood eosinophils and inversely associated with neutrophils. Conclusions: After 3 months of work in burnt sugarcane harvesting the prevalence of rhinitis symptoms and IL-6 in nasal lavage increased. Furthermore, eosinophil counts were directly associated with the rhinitis symptoms in the period of higher concentration of particulate matter.

Resumo Introdução: A colheita de cana-de-açúcar queimada requer esforço físico intenso em um ambiente com altas temperaturas e exposição a material particulado. Objetivo: Avaliar os efeitos da colheita de cana-de-açúcar queimada nos sintomas de rinite e marcadores inflamatórios de cortadores de cana-de-açúcar. Método: Foram avaliados 32 cortadores de cana-de-açúcar do sexo masculino por meio de um questionário para sintomas de rinite, e marcadores inflamatórios em sangue periférico e lavado nasal, no período de entressafra, e em 3 e 6 meses após o início da colheita da cana-de-açúcar. Os dados climáticos e as concentrações de material particulado fino foram medidos no mesmo dia. Resultados: O material particulado fino na entressafra e em 3 e 6 meses de safra foi 27 (23-33 µg/m3), 112 (96-122 µg/m3) e 63 (17-263 µg/m3), respectivamente; a temperatura de 24 horas foi 32,6 (25,4º-37,4ºC), 32,3 (26,7º-36,7ºC) e 29,7 (24,1º-340ºC) e a umidade relativa do ar foi 45,4 (35,0%-59,7%), 47,9 (39,1%-63,0%), e 59,9 (34,7%-63,2%), na entressafra, 3 e 6 meses após o início da colheita. A idade foi de 37,4 ± 10,9 anos. A prevalência de sintomas de rinite foi significativamente maior em 3 meses da S (53,4%), comparado com a entressafra (26,7%; p = 0,039) e 6 meses da safra (20%; p = 0,006). As concentrações de interleucina 6 (IL-6) no lavado nasal aumentaram após 3 meses do início da colheita comparado com a entressafra (p = 0,012). A presença de sintomas de rinite, após 3 meses do início da colheita, foi diretamente associada com eosinófilos e inversamente associada com neutrófilos. Conclusões: Após 3 meses do início da colheita da cana-de-açúcar queimada, houve aumento na prevalência de sintomas de rinite e IL-6 em LN. Além disso, as contagens de eosinófilos foram diretamente associadas aos sintomas de rinite no período de maior concentração de material particulado.

Humans , Male , Adult , Rhinitis/etiology , Saccharum , Air Pollutants, Occupational/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Occupational Diseases/etiology , Biomarkers/blood , Rhinitis/blood , Prevalence , Interleukin-4/blood , Interleukin-6/blood , Agriculture , Occupational Diseases/blood
Rev. Paul. Pediatr. (Ed. Port., Online) ; 37(2): 166-172, Apr.-June 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1013285


ABSTRACT Objective: Identify the association between exposure to fine particulate matter and hospitalizations due to respiratory diseases in children up to ten years of age in the city of Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, stratifying the analysis by sex and calculating excess costs. Methods: Ecological study of time series. The dependent variable was daily hospitalizations according to the 10th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD10): J04.0, J12.0 to J18.9, J20.0 to J21.9 and J45.0 to J45.0. The independent variables were the concentration of fine particulate, estimated by a mathematical model, temperature and relative air humidity, controlled by short and long-term trends. Generalized additive model of Poisson regression was used. Relative risks, proportional attributable risk (PAR) and excess hospitalizations and their respective costs by the population attributable fraction (PAF) were calculated. Results: 1,165 children were hospitalized, 640 males and 525 females. The mean concentration, estimated by the mathematical model, was 15.1±2.9 mcg/m3 for PM2.5. For boys, there was no significant association; for girls a relative risk of up to 1.04 of daily hospitalizations due to respiratory diseases was observed for exposure to PM 2.5 in lags 1, 2 and 6. Increase of 5 µg/m3 in these concentrations increased the percentage of the risk in 18%; with an excess 95 hospital admissions and with excess expenses in the order of US$ 35 thousand. Conclusions: Significant effect in daily hospitalizations due to respiratory diseases related to exposure to fine particulate matter was noted for girls, suggesting the need for stratification by sex in further studies.

RESUMO Objetivo: Identificar associação entre exposição ao material particulado fino e internações por doenças respiratórias em crianças de até dez anos de idade, no município de Cuiabá, MT, estratificando a análise por sexo e calculando excesso de custos. Métodos: Estudo ecológico de séries temporais, sendo a variável dependente o número diário de internações por doenças respiratórias, segundo a 10a Revisão da Classificação Internacional de Doenças (CID): J04.0, J12.0 a J18.9, J20.0 a J21.9 e J45.0 a J45.0. As variáveis independentes foram a concentração do particulado fino, estimada pelo modelo matemático, além de temperatura e umidade relativa do ar, controladas pelas tendências de curta e longa duração. Foram calculados riscos relativos, risco atribuível proporcional (RAP) e excessos de internações e seus respectivos custos pela fração atribuível populacional (FAP). Resultados: Foram internadas 1.165 crianças (640 meninos e 525 meninas). A concentração média estimada do particulado fino foi 15,1±2,9 mcg/m3 para particulado fino (PM2,5). Para meninos, não houve associação significativa. Para meninas, observou-se risco relativo (RR) de até 1,04 para o número diário de internações por doenças respiratórias em associação à exposição ao PM2,5 nos lags 1, 2 e 6. O aumento de 5 mcg/m3 nessas concentrações associou-se ao aumento do risco em 18% e o RAP atribuído à exposição foi de 20% das internações das meninas, com excesso de 95 internações e de gastos da ordem de R$ 105 mil. Conclusões: Houve associação da exposição ao particulado fino e número de internações por doenças respiratórias de meninas, sugerindo a necessidade de estratificação por sexos em estudos posteriores.

Humans , Male , Female , Child , Sex Factors , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Respiratory Tract Diseases/ethnology , Respiratory Tract Diseases/therapy , Respiratory Tract Diseases/epidemiology , Brazil/epidemiology , Child Health/statistics & numerical data , Risk Factors , Risk Assessment , Inhalation Exposure/adverse effects , Inhalation Exposure/prevention & control , Inhalation Exposure/statistics & numerical data , Air Pollutants/analysis , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/analysis , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Ecological and Environmental Phenomena , Hospitalization/economics
Rev. chil. enferm. respir ; 35(1): 49-57, mar. 2019. graf
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1003646


Los incendios forestales representan un problema creciente de la salud pública a nivel mundial, especialmente para la población más vulnerable (niños, ancianos, embarazadas y portadores de enfermedades cardiovasculares o respiratorias crónicas) expuesta al humo y a otros contaminantes aéreos. A diferencia de la contaminación atmosférica habitual de grandes urbes, aquella derivada de los incendios forestales tiene una composición diferente y su ocurrencia es esporádica y difícil de prever. La exposición a contaminantes atmosféricos derivados de incendios forestales se asocia a aumento de la morbilidad respiratoria y cardiovascular, mediada por una respuesta inflamatoria pulmonar y sistémica, estrés oxidativo y disfunción endotelial. En sujetos expuestos a humo de incendios forestales se ha observado un aumento en la producción de citoquinas pro-inflamatorias, activación endotelial y disfunción del sistema nervioso autónomo, que produce daño tisular, aumento de los mecanismos protrombóticos, aumento de la presión arterial y cambios en el ritmo cardiaco. Esta revisión analiza los mecanismos que han sido involucrados en generar efectos nocivos para la salud de seres humanos expuestos a material particulado y gases emanados de incendios forestales.

Wildfires represent a growing global public health issue, especially to the most vulnerable segment of the population (children, old people, pregnant women, patients with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases) exposed to smoke and other air borne contaminants generated from these events. In contrast to great cities ' usual atmospheric pollution, that derives from forest fires differ in composition and its occurrence is sporadic and usually unpredictable. Exposure to atmospheric pollutants derived from forest fires has been associated to increased respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity, mediated by an inflammatory systemic response, oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction. In people exposed to forest fire smoke an increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, endothelial activation and autonomic nervous system dysfunction has been observed, that leads to tissue injury, increased prothrombotic response, increased blood pressure and changes in heart rhythm. This review analyzes the mechanisms that have been involved in generating harmful health effects in humans exposed to inhaled particulate matter and gases steaming from wildfires.

Humans , Cardiovascular Diseases/chemically induced , Wildfires , Air Pollution/adverse effects , Lung Diseases/chemically induced , Cardiovascular Diseases/physiopathology , Cerebrovascular Disorders/chemically induced , Cytokines/metabolism , Reactive Oxygen Species/metabolism , Oxidative Stress , Inhalation Exposure , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Lung Diseases/physiopathology
Säo Paulo med. j ; 137(1): 60-65, Jan.-Feb. 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1004739


ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Exposure to some air pollutants is associated with cardiovascular diseases. The objective of this study was to quantify the effect of exposure to fine particulate matter in hospitalizations due to ischemic heart disease and the costs to the healthcare system. DESIGN AND SETTING: Time-series ecological study conducted in Taubaté, Brazil. METHODS: Data on hospitalizations due to ischemic heart diseases (ICD I-20 to I-24) in the municipality of Taubaté (SP), Brazil, among adults of both sexes aged 40 years and over, from August 2011 to July 2012, were obtained from DATASUS. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations were estimated from a mathematical model. Poisson regression was used in statistical analyses to estimate the relative risks of exposure to PM2.5 for both sexes and after stratification according to sex. The excess of hospitalizations and consequent excess expenditure for the healthcare system were calculated. RESULTS: There were 1040 admissions, among which 382 had ischemic heart diseases (257 males). Themean PM2.5 concentration was 13.2 µg/m3 (SD = 5.6). Significant effects from exposure were noted 4and 5 days after exposure (lag 4 and lag 5) for both sexes and for male sex; for female sex, the effect was 2 days after exposure (lag 2). There were 59 excess hospitalizations for an increase in PM2.5 concentration of 5 µg/m3 and excess expenditure of US$ 150,000 for the National Health System. CONCLUSIONS: An excess of hospital admissions due to ischemic heart disease, with excess expenditure, was identified consequent to PM2.5 exposure.

Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Myocardial Ischemia/etiology , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Reference Values , Seasons , Temperature , Time Factors , Brazil/epidemiology , Poisson Distribution , Sex Factors , Risk Factors , Myocardial Ischemia/epidemiology , Sex Distribution , Risk Assessment , Inhalation Exposure/adverse effects , Air Pollution/adverse effects , Humidity
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 52(2): e8130, 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-984026


Exposure to air pollution is an important cause of hospital admissions due to respiratory diseases. Nevertheless, few studies use pollutant concentration data estimated by mathematical models. A time-series ecological study was developed, using data from hospitalizations due to respiratory diseases in people over 60 years of age, residents of Cuiabá, Brazil, during 2012, obtained from the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The independent variables were the concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO) estimated by mathematical modeling, minimum temperature, and relative humidity (obtained from the Brazilian Meteorological Agency), and the number of forest fires. The generalized linear regression model of Poisson was used, with lags of 0 to 7 days. The coefficients obtained were transformed into relative risk of hospitalization, with respective 95% confidence intervals; alpha=5% was adopted. In that year, 591 hospitalizations were evaluated, with a daily average of 1.61 (SD=1.49), the PM2.5 average concentration was 15.7 µg/m3, and the CO average concentration was 144.2 ppb. Significant associations between exposure to these contaminants and hospitalizations in lags 3 and 4 in 2012 were observed. There was a hospitalization risk increase of 31.8%, with an increase of 3.5 µg/m3 of PM2.5 concentrations and an increase of 188 in the total number of hospitalizations, with an expense of more than ≈US$ 96,000 for the Brazilian Public Health System. This study provided information on the cost of air pollution to the health system and the feasibility of using a mathematical model to estimate environmental concentration of air pollutants.

Humans , Middle Aged , Aged , Respiration Disorders/etiology , Carbon Monoxide/adverse effects , Air Pollution/adverse effects , Environmental Exposure/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Seasons , Time Factors , Brazil , Poisson Distribution , Risk Factors , Hospitalization , Models, Theoretical
Rev. chil. enferm. respir ; 35(3): 181-190, 2019. tab, graf
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1058073


OBJETIVO: Determinar el impacto de la contaminación del aire sobre la salud respiratoria en las comunas de Chillán, Concepción y Los Ángeles entre los años 2013 y 2017. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Se estimaron modelos lineales generalizados (GLM) a partir de datos diarios de atenciones de urgencias por enfermedades respiratorias desagregadas por tipo y rango etario, concentraciones de material particulado respirable (MP10) y material particulado fino (MP2,5), índice viral, variables meteorológicas y estacionales. RESULTADOS: Se obtiene una asociación positiva entre los contaminantes analizados y las atenciones de urgencias por causas respiratorias, especialmente IRA alta y Bronquitis/Bronquiolitis aguda en Chillán, IRA alta en Concepción, y además, IRA alta, Influenza y Crisis Obstructiva Bronquial en Los Ángeles. CONCLUSIONES: El incremento en el número de todas las atenciones de urgencia es aproximadamente 18.695 al año por cada 1 μg/m3 de incremento en las concentraciones de material particulado.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of air pollution on respiratory diseases in the districts of Chillán, Concepción and Los Ángeles, Chile between 2013 and 2017. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Generalized linear models (GLM) were estimated from daily data for emergency room admissions disaggregated by type and age range, concentrations of respirable particulate matter (PM10) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), viral index, meteorological and seasonal variables. RESULTS: A positive association is obtained between the analyzed contaminants and the number of emergency room admissions for respiratory causes, especially acute upper respiratory infection (URI) and acute bronchitis / bronchiolitis in Chillán, acute URI in Concepción, and also, acute URI, Influenza and obstructive bronchial crisis in Los Angeles. CONCLUSIONS: The increase in the total number of emergency room admissions is approximately 18,695 per year for every 1 μg / m3 increase in PM concentrations.

Humans , Male , Female , Infant , Child, Preschool , Child , Adolescent , Adult , Middle Aged , Aged , Young Adult , Respiratory Tract Diseases/epidemiology , Air Pollution/adverse effects , Emergency Medical Services/statistics & numerical data , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Pneumonia/epidemiology , Respiratory Tract Diseases/chemically induced , Respiratory Tract Infections/epidemiology , Linear Models , Chile , Age Distribution , Risk Assessment , Influenza, Human/epidemiology , Particulate Matter/analysis
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 51(5): e6486, 2018. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-889082


Spirometry has been used as the main strategy for assessing ventilatory changes related to occupational exposure to particulate matter (OEPM). However, in some cases, as one of its limitations, it may not be sensitive enough to show abnormalities before extensive damage, as seen in restrictive lung diseases. Therefore, we hypothesized that cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) may be better than spirometry to detect early ventilatory impairment caused by OEPM. We selected 135 male workers with at least one year of exposure. After collection of self-reported socioeconomic status, educational level, and cardiovascular risk data, participants underwent spirometry, CPET, body composition assessment (bioelectrical impedance), and triaxial accelerometry (for level of physical activity in daily life). CPET was performed using a ramp protocol on a treadmill. Metabolic, cardiovascular, ventilatory, and submaximal relationships were measured. We compared 52 exposed to 83 non-exposed workers. Multiple linear regressions were developed using spirometry and CPET variables as outcomes and OEPM as the main predictor, and adjusted by the main covariates. Our results showed that OEPM was associated with significant reductions in peak minute ventilation, peak tidal volume, and breathing reserve index. Exposed participants presented shallower slope of ΔVT/ΔlnV̇E (breathing pattern), i.e., increased tachypneic breathing pattern. The OEPM explained 7.4% of the ΔVT/ΔlnV̇E variability. We found no significant influence of spirometric indices after multiple linear regressions. We conclude that CPET might be a more sensitive feature of assessing early pulmonary impairment related to OEPM. Our cross-sectional results suggested that CPET is a promising tool for the screening of asymptomatic male workers.

Humans , Adult , Occupational Exposure/adverse effects , Environmental Exposure/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Cardiorespiratory Fitness/physiology , Lung Diseases/etiology , Spirometry , Pulmonary Gas Exchange , Cross-Sectional Studies , Risk Factors , Exercise Test/methods , Lung Diseases/diagnosis , Lung Diseases/physiopathology
Cad. Saúde Pública (Online) ; 34(3): e00006617, 2018. tab, graf
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-889900


Exposição a poluentes do ar, que costumam ser quantificados por agências ambientais que não estão presentes em todos os estados, pode estar associada a internações por doenças respiratórias de crianças. Foi desenvolvido um estudo ecológico de séries temporais com dados referentes às internações por algumas doenças respiratórias de crianças menores de dez anos de idade, em 2012, na cidade de Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brasil. Os níveis médios de material particulado fino (PM2,5) foram estimados por modelo matemático, os dados de temperatura mínima e umidade relativa do ar foram obtidos do Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia, e número de focos de queimadas do Sistema de Informações Ambientais. A abordagem estatística utilizou o modelo aditivo generalizado da regressão de Poisson com defasagens de 0 a 7 dias. Foram estimados os custos financeiros e aumentos do número de internações decorrentes de elevações de PM2,5. Foram 565 internações (média de 1,54/dia; DP = 1,52) e concentração de PM2,5 de 15,7µg/m3 (DP = 3,2). Foram encontradas associações entre exposição e internações no segundo semestre, nos lags 2 e 3, e quando analisado o ano todo, no lag 2. Uma elevação de 5µg/m3 do PM2,5 implicou o aumento de 89 internações e custos acima dos R$ 95 mil para o Sistema Único de Saúde. Dados estimados por modelo matemático podem ser utilizados em locais onde não há monitoramento de poluentes.

La exposición a contaminantes del aire, que suelen ser cuantificados por agencias ambientales que no están presentes en todos los estados, puede estar asociada a internamientos por enfermedades respiratorias de niños. Se desarrolló un estudio ecológico de series temporales con datos referentes a los internamientos por algunas enfermedades respiratorias de niños menores de 10 años de edad, en 2012, en la ciudad de Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brasil. Los niveles medios de material particulado fino (PM2,5) se estimaron mediante un modelo matemático, los datos de temperatura mínima y humedad relativa del aire se obtuvieron del Instituto Nacional de Meteorología, y el número de focos de incendios del Sistema de Información Ambiental. El enfoque estadístico usó el modelo aditivo generalizado de la regresión de Poisson con desfases de 0 a 7 días. Se estimaron los costes financieros y aumentos del número de internamientos derivados de elevaciones de PM2,5. Fueron 565 internamientos (media de 1,54/día; DE = 1,52) y concentración de PM2,5 de 15,7µg/m3 (DE = 3,2). Se encontraron asociaciones entre exposición e internamientos en el segundo semestre, en los lags 2 y 3, y cuando se analizó todo el año, en el lag 2. Una elevación de 5µg/m3 del PM2,5 implicó el aumento de 89 internamientos y costes por encima de los BRL 95 mil para el Sistema Único de Salud. Los datos estimados por el modelo matemático pueden ser utilizados en lugares, donde no existe un monitoreo de contaminantes.

Exposure to air pollutants, usually measured by environmental agencies that are not present in all states, may be associated with respiratory admissions in children. An ecological time series study was conducted with data on hospitalizations due to selected respiratory diseases in children under 10 years of age in 2012 in the city of Cuiabá, Mato Grosso State, Brazil. Mean levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) were estimated with a mathematical model, data on low temperatures and relative humidity were obtained from the Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, and the numbers of brush burnings were obtained from the Environmental Information System. The statistical approach used the Poisson regression generalized additive model with lags of 0 to 7 days. The financial costs and increases in hospitalizations due to increments in PM2.5 were estimated. There were 565 hospitalizations (mean 1.54 admissions/day; SD = 1.52), and mean PM2.5 concentration was 15.7µg/m3 (SD = 3.2). Associations were observed between exposure and hospitalizations in the second semester at lags 2 and 3, and at lag 2 when the entire year was analyzed. An increment of 5µg/m3 in PM2.5 was associated with an increase of 89 hospitalizations and costs exceeding BRL 95,000 (≈ USD 38,000) for the Brazilian Unified National Health System. Data estimated by mathematical models can be used in locations where pollutants are not monitored.

Humans , Male , Female , Child , Respiration Disorders/etiology , Inhalation Exposure/adverse effects , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Air Pollutants/toxicity , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/toxicity , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Respiration Disorders/physiopathology , Brazil , Poisson Distribution , Child Health , Risk Factors , Inhalation Exposure/analysis , Air Pollutants/analysis , Particulate Matter/analysis , Hospitalization/economics
Rev. bras. epidemiol ; 21: e180009, 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-958826


ABSTRACT: Introduction: High particulate matter (PM10) concentrations are associated with increased incidence of respiratory symptoms and decreased lung function. This study evaluates the air pollution effects in children's and adolescents' lung function using peak expiratory flow (PEF) measurements over a given period, in an area exposed to industrial emissions. Methodology: This was a panel study. The effects of air pollution on respiratory symptoms and PEF were investigated in 117 children and adolescents from three public schools in areas of exposure to air pollution from a mining company in a Brazilian medium-sized city, from 2008 to 2009. The average daily PM10, temperature and humidity were recorded by the monitoring network in the region. Association between daily records of PEF and PM10 was assessed in mixed-effect regression models, controlling for temperature, humidity, and body mass index. Results: About 60,000 PEF measurements were performed. Increases of 14µg/m3 in PM10 were associated with decreased PEF in the morning (-1.04%, 95%CI -1.32; -0.77) and evening (-1.2%, 95%CI -1.49, -0.92). Discussion: We found a significant negative association between particulate matter and peak expiratory flow rate in this population, and these remained significant even after adjusted for temperature, humidity, body mass index, coughing, wheezing and coryza. Conclusion: Adverse effects were found and it suggests an association between increase in PM10 and reduced lung function.

RESUMO: Introdução: Altas concentrações de material particulado (MP10) estão associadas com o aumento da incidência de sintomas respiratórios e a diminuição da função pulmonar. Este estudo avalia os efeitos da poluição do ar na função pulmonar de crianças e adolescentes, usando medições de pico de fluxo expiratório por determinado período, em área exposta a emissões industriais. Metodologia: Este é um estudo de painel. Os efeitos da poluição nos sintomas respiratórios e no pico de fluxo expiratório (PEF) foram investigados em 117 crianças e adolescentes, em três escolas públicas localizadas na área de dispersão da pluma dos poluentes emitidos por uma indústria de mineração em uma cidade brasileira de médio porte, em 2008 e 2009. Médias diárias de MP10, temperatura e umidade foram coletadas pela rede de monitoramento na região. Associação entre registros diários de PEF e de MP10 foi avaliada utilizando modelos de regressão de efeito misto, controlando por temperatura, umidade e índice de massa corporal (IMC). Resultados: Cerca de 60 mil medidas de PEF foram realizadas. Aumentos de 14 µg/m3 de MP10 foram associados com diminuições das medições do PEF da manhã (-1,04%, intervalo de confiança de 95% - IC95% -1,32; -0,77) e à noite (-1,2%, IC95% -1,49; -0,92). Discussão: Neste estudo encontramos associação negativa significativa entre exposição a MP10 e pico de fluxo expiratório. Essas associações permaneceram significativas mesmo após o ajuste para temperatura, umidade, IMC, sexo, tosse, chiado e coriza. Conclusão: Os efeitos adversos foram encontrados sugerindo associação entre o aumento de MP10 e a função pulmonar reduzida.

Humans , Male , Female , Child , Adolescent , Peak Expiratory Flow Rate , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Brazil , Urban Health , Prospective Studies
Buenos Aires; GCBA. Gerencia Operativa de Epidemiología; 1 sept. 2017. a) f: 15 l:23 p. graf, tab.(Boletín Epidemiológico Semanal: Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, 2, 54).
Monography in Spanish | LILACS, InstitutionalDB, BINACIS, UNISALUD | ID: biblio-1103995


La atmósfera contiene varios gases que, en concentraciones mayores que las normales, pueden ser peligrosos para los seres humanos, animales y plantas. Todos estos gases potencialmente tóxicos se denominan "contaminantes del aire". Entre ellos se encuentran: monóxido de carbono (CO), el dióxido de azufre (SO2) y el dióxido de nitrógeno (NO2). Además de los gases, la atmósfera contiene una gran variedad de partículas sólidas y líquidas, de variados tamaños. El material particulado en suspensión (MPS) en el aire incluye partículas totales en suspensión (PTS), material particulado con diámetro aerodinámico mediano inferior a 10 µm (MP 10) y 2,5 µm (MP 2,5) respectivamente, partículas finas y ultrafinas. Se presentan una serie de gráficos que permiten observar los valores de Material Particulado menor a 10 micrones (PM 10), en las estaciones de Monitoreo de Calidad del Aire que posee la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (La Boca,Parque Centenario y Córdoba), las cuales registran las concentraciones de éste contaminante en forma continua (durante 24 horas, los 365 días del año), mediante métodos homologados internacionalmente. (AU)

Monitoring Stations , Air Monitoring , Air Pollutants/analysis , Air Pollutants/adverse effects , Air Pollutants/toxicity , Air Pollution/analysis , Air Pollution/prevention & control , Air Pollution/statistics & numerical data , Particulate Matter/analysis , Particulate Matter/classification , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Toxic Substances , Air
Rev. chil. endocrinol. diabetes ; 10(3): 85-89, jul. 2017. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-998957


It has been shown that there is an association between air pollution and cardiovascular mortality. In bone pathology, studies show that air pollution is associated with a risk of developing osteoporosis and osteoporotic fracture associated with MP2.5 and nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ). The aim of our study was to determine whether or not there is an association between air pollution and osteoporotic disease, associating the incidence of femoral neck fracture in individuals aged 50 years or more and the contamination present in the several cities. Our results showed no statistically significant association between air pollution, evaluated using PM10 and PM2.5 as indicators, and the average annual incidence of osteoporotic hip fracture, comparing the most polluted cities and the less polluted cities of Chile

Humans , Male , Female , Middle Aged , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Osteoporosis/epidemiology , Environmental Pollution/adverse effects , Femoral Neck Fractures/epidemiology , Osteoporosis/complications , Chile/epidemiology , Incidence , Retrospective Studies , Age and Sex Distribution , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Femoral Neck Fractures/etiology
Acta toxicol. argent ; 25(1): 23-25, mayo 2017. ilus
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-886580


The inhalation of toxic environmental particles is a worldwide public health issue. To avoid the pulmonary damage, the lungs contain the alveolar macrophages, which are the primary defense of the innate immune system, since it engulfs the toxic or allergic particles. Morphologically, particulate matter inside of macrophage is observed as numerous round dark granules of vari­ous size. In guinea pig, the inhalation of fine particles in real time showed single round dark granules inside of the macrophages. After particles exposure, the alveolar macrophage can activate some cytokines such as TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and GM-CSF, which increases the inflammatory response or to activate the Th2 response. The alveolar macrophage interacts with bronchial and bronchiolar epithelium, heart, and blood vessels producing a variety of problems, such as nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, decreased lung function, and increases respiratory symptoms such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing, ag­gravated asthma, and produce premature death in people with heart or lung disease.

La inhalación de partículas tóxicas ambientales es un problema de salud pública en todo el mundo. Para prevenir el daño, los pulmones contienen a los macrófagos alveolares, los cuales son la defensa primaria del sistema inmune, ya que fagocitan los tóxicos o partículas alérgicas. Morfológicamente, el material particulado dentro de los macrófagos alveolares se observa como numerosos gránulos redondos de varios tamaños. En cobayos, la inhalación de partículas finas en tiempo real mostró gránulos re­dondos oscuros dentro de los macrófagos. Después de la exposición a las partículas, el macrófago alveolar puede activar algunas citocinas como TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and GM-CSF, las cuales incrementan la respuesta inflamatoria o activan la respuesta Th2. El macrófago alveolar interactúa con el epitelio bronquial y bronquiolar, corazón y vasos sanguíneos, produciendo una variedad de problemas, tales como afecciones cardíacas, arritmias, disminución de la función pulmonar, e incrementa los síntomas res­piratorios como irritación de las vías respiratorias, tos, dificultad para respirar, agrava el asma y produce muertes prematuras en personas con enfermedades cardiacas y pulmonares.

Animals , Guinea Pigs , Macrophages, Alveolar , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Foreign-Body Reaction , Phagocytosis
s.l; Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social; Abr. 2017. 24 p. (Papeles en salud, 11).
Monography in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1021980


La contaminación del aire intramural, asociada a uso de combustibles de biomasa y carbón para la preparación de alimentos se asocia en Colombia con 1000 muertes cada año (Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (MADS), 2015) y se estima que el 42% de los casos de Enfermedad Pulmonar Obstructiva Crónica (EPOC) se relacionan con factores ambientales. Según la OPS/OMS, el uso de combustibles sólidos para cocinar es un problema de salud pública y el principal riesgo ambiental en las Américas, afectando a casi 90 millones de personas. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) estima 81424 muertes en las Américas en el 2012 como consecuencia del uso de combustibles sólidos (UCS) para cocinar y calentarse y más de 2.5 millones de años de vida ajustados por discapacidad (DALYs por su sigla en inglés) (WHO, 2015). Las Directrices de la OMS sobre la Calidad del Aire de Interiores: Quema de Combustibles en los Hogares alertan del peligro del UCS y establecen metas para reducir las emisiones de contaminantes nocivos para la salud procedente de fogones, estufas y lámparas de mecha de uso doméstico (Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) , 2006). Este documento contiene un aporte de información para la discusión sobre el impacto potencial del uso de estufas eficientes en la salud de las poblaciones expuestas a contaminantes del aire, generados por el uso de combustibles sólidos para cocinar. Así mismo presenta las recomendaciones sobre las opciones que ofrecen los mayores beneficios para proteger la salud de quienes no tienen acceso a fuentes de energía más limpia.

Humans , Respiratory Tract Diseases/prevention & control , Air Pollution, Indoor/adverse effects , Air Pollution/analysis , Particulate Matter/adverse effects , Colombia