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Air Pollution and Non-Malignant Respiratory Mortality in 16 Cohorts within the ESCAPE Project
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2014 (English)In: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, ISSN 1073-449X, E-ISSN 1535-4970, Vol. 189, no 6, 684-696 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Rationale: Prospective cohort studies have shown that chronic exposure to particulate matter and traffic related air pollution is associated with reduced survival. However, the effects on non-malignant respiratory mortality are less studied and those reported are less consistent.

Objectives: We have investigated the relationship of long-term exposure to air pollution and non-malignant respiratory mortality in 16 cohorts with individual level data within the multi center European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE).

Methods: Data from 16 ongoing cohort studies from Europe were used. The total number of subjects was 307,553. There were 1,559 respiratory deaths during follow-up.

Measurements: Air pollution exposure was estimated by land use regression models at the baseline residential addresses of study participants and traffic-proximity variables were derived from geographical databases, following a standardized procedure within ESCAPE study. Cohort-specific hazard ratios obtained by Cox proportional hazard models from standardized individual cohort analyses were combined using meta-analyses. Main Results: We found no significant associations between air pollution exposure and non-malignant respiratory mortality. Most hazard ratios were slightly below unity, with the exception of the traffic-proximity indicators.

Conclusions: In this study of 16 cohorts there was no association between air pollution exposure and non malignant respiratory mortality.

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American Thoracic Society , 2014. Vol. 189, no 6, 684-696 p.
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environmental exposure, public health, metaanalysis
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86124DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201310-1777OCISI: 000333381100013PubMedID: 24521254OAI: diva2:697400
Available from: 2014-02-18 Created: 2014-02-18 Last updated: 2014-05-07Bibliographically approved

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