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Measures of forest fire smoke exposure and their associations with respiratory health outcomes


Henderson, SB and Johnston, FH, Measures of forest fire smoke exposure and their associations with respiratory health outcomes, Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 12, (3) pp. 221-227. ISSN 1528-4050 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

DOI: doi:10.1097/ACI.0b013e328353351f


Purpose of Review: Exposure to forest fire smoke is episodic, which makes its health effects challenging to study. We review the newest contributions to a growing literature on acute respiratory outcomes.

Recent Findings: Smoke exposure was associated with increases in self-reported symptoms, medication use, outpatient physician visits, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and mortality. The associations were strongest for the outcomes most specific to asthma.

Summary: Studies with varied approaches to exposure assessment and varied measures of respiratory outcomes were consistent among themselves, and consistent with most previous work.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:asthma, biomass, forest fire smoke, respiratory
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Pollution and contamination
Research Field:Pollution and contamination not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Johnston, FH (Professor Fay Johnston)
ID Code:82587
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:55
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-02-07
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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