Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Traffic, Air Pollution and Heart Disease in Vancouver

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Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Hospitalization and Mortality (39 page pdf, Environ Health Perspect., Nov. 16, 2010)

Key Quotes:

“To identify specific traffic-related air pollutants that are associated with the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) morbidity and mortality to support evidence-based environmental policy making”

“used a high-resolution LUR model combined with residential histories to estimate individual exposure to traffic-related air pollutants including black carbon, PM2.5, NO2, and NO during the 5-year exposure period”

“Long-term exposure to traffic-related fine particulate air pollution, indicated by black carbon, may partly explain the observed associations between exposure to road traffic and adverse cardiovascular outcomes”


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