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Lung function, atopy, and chronic exposure to air pollution in schoolchildren living in two cities of different air quality
Author(s): Eugen S. Gurzau; Anca Gurzau; Marius Muresan; Ecaterina Bodor; Zoe Zehan; Nicolae Radulescu
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Paper Abstract

The question of a causative interrelation between air pollution and respiratory status has received considerable attention by the mass media in our country. Schoolchildren aged 7 to 11 living in two communities with different levels of air pollution were studied. The parents of these children filled out a health questionnaire. The prevalence of respiratory symptoms and pulmonary diseases was found to be significantly higher among children growing up in the polluted area (Tirnaveni) as compared with the low-pollution area (Dej). Lung function tests point out FEF25-75 disorders (and other lung disorders) at higher frequencies in schoolchildren living in the polluted area. Over 90% of schoolchildren living in the polluted area. Over 90% of schoolchildren with lung function disorders had a positive response to bronchodilatation. Of the schoolchildren with lung function disorders, 75.47% (p < 0,001) were atopic all of whom were sensitized to the down and house-dust.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1716, International Conference on Monitoring of Toxic Chemicals and Biomarkers, (9 March 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.140282
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Eugen S. Gurzau, Institute of Public Health and Medical Research (Romania)
Anca Gurzau, Institute of Public Health and Medical Research (Romania)
Marius Muresan, Institute of Public Health and Medical Research (Romania)
Ecaterina Bodor, Institute of Public Health and Medical Research (Romania)
Zoe Zehan, Institute of Public Health and Medical Research (Romania)
Nicolae Radulescu, Institute of Public Health and Medical Research (Romania)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1716:
International Conference on Monitoring of Toxic Chemicals and Biomarkers

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