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The contribution of geogenic particulate matter to lung disease in Indigenous children


Shepherd, CCJ and Clifford, HD and Mitrou, F and Melody, SM and Bennett, EJ and Johnston, FH and Knibbs, LD and Pereira, G and Pickering, JL and Teo, TH and Kirkham, LS and Thornton, RB and Kicic, A and Ling, K-M and Alach, Z and Lester, M and Franklin, P and Reid, D and Zosky, GR, The contribution of geogenic particulate matter to lung disease in Indigenous children, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (15) Article 2636. ISSN 1661-7827 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph16152636


Indigenous children have much higher rates of ear and lung disease than non-Indigenous children, which may be related to exposure to high levels of geogenic (earth-derived) particulate matter (PM). The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between dust levels and health in Indigenous children in Western Australia (W.A.). Data were from a population-based sample of 1077 Indigenous children living in 66 remote communities of W.A. (>2,000,000 km2), with information on health outcomes derived from carer reports and hospitalisation records. Associations between dust levels and health outcomes were assessed by multivariate logistic regression in a multi-level framework. We assessed the effect of exposure to community sampled PM on epithelial cell (NuLi-1) responses to non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) in vitro. High dust levels were associated with increased odds of hospitalisation for upper (OR 1.77 95% CI [1.02-3.06]) and lower (OR 1.99 95% CI [1.08-3.68]) respiratory tract infections and ear disease (OR 3.06 95% CI [1.20-7.80]). Exposure to PM enhanced NTHi adhesion and invasion of epithelial cells and impaired IL-8 production. Exposure to geogenic PM may be contributing to the poor respiratory health of disadvantaged communities in arid environments where geogenic PM levels are high.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:indigenous health, geogenic PM, indigenous, bacterial infection, child health, geogenic, particulate matter
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health
UTAS Author:Melody, SM (Dr Shannon Melody)
UTAS Author:Bennett, EJ (Dr Ellen Bennett)
UTAS Author:Johnston, FH (Professor Fay Johnston)
UTAS Author:Zosky, GR (Professor Graeme Zosky)
ID Code:134108
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-07-26
Last Modified:2022-10-14
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