Estimation of age-related vulnerability to air pollution: Assessment of respiratory health at local scale

Anil Namdeo, Abhishek Tiwary, Ewan Farrow

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates association of short-term variation in pollution and health outcomes within the same geographical area for a typical urban setting in the northern part of the UK from time series analysis. It utilises publicly available datasets for regulated air pollutants (PM10, NO2, SO2, CO and O3), meteorology and respiratory hospital admissions (and mortality) between April 2002 and December 2005 to estimate the respiratory health effect of pollution exposure, mainly in the elderly. Our results show that PM10 and O3 are positively associated with respiratory hospital admissions in the elderly, specifically in the age group 70–79. CO effects seem to be concentrated on the most elderly age group (80+) whereas NO2 seems to have the opposite age-related effect, with lower effects on the more elderly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-837
JournalEnvironment International
Volume37
Issue number5
Early online date21 Mar 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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