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Quality of indoor residential air and health


Dales, R and Liu, L and Wheeler, AJ and Gilbert, NL, Quality of indoor residential air and health, CMAJ: (Canadian Medical Association Journal), 179, (2) pp. 147-152. ISSN 0820-3946 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1503/cmaj.070359


About 90% of our time is spent indoors where we are exposed to chemical and biological contaminants and possibly to carcinogens. These agents may influence the risk of developing nonspecific respiratory and neurologic symptoms, allergies, asthma and lung cancer. We review the sources, health effects and control strategies for several of these agents. There are conflicting data about indoor allergens. Early exposure may increase or may decrease the risk of future sensitization. Reports of indoor moulds or dampness or both are consistently associated with increased respiratory symptoms but causality has not been established. After cigarette smoking, exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and radon are the most common causes of lung cancer. Homeowners can improve the air quality in their homes, often with relatively simple measures, which should provide health benefits.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indoor air quality, health
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wheeler, AJ (Dr Amanda Wheeler)
ID Code:100886
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:107
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-06-02
Last Modified:2015-09-14

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