European Respiratory Review 8 (1998)52. - ISSN 0905-9180 - p. 53 - 60.
Environmental and Occupational Health Group
Refereed Article in a scientific journal
As part of a multicentre European investigation on effects of short-term changes in urban air pollution on the respiratory health of children with chronic respiratory symptoms (the Pollution Effects on Asthmatic Children in Europe (PEACE) project),a panel study was carried out in two locations in Berlin, Germany. Over a period of 58 days, two panels of 7-11 yr old children performed peak flow measurements each morning and evening, and filled in a diary on daily respiratory symptoms. Twenty four hour average concentrations of particles with a 50% cut-off aerodynamic diameter of 10 μm (PM10), black smoke, SO2 and oxides of nitrogen (NO(x)) were measured at representative background stations in the two study areas. In general, the results on the relationship between air pollution and health outcome do not support the test hypothesis of poorer respiratory health on days with higher air pollution. The majority of statistical associations tended to be in the opposite direction.
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