Cristina P.,Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara |
Oana S.,Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara |
Romanita I.,Public Health Authority Mehedinti |
Olf H.,University of Leipzig |
And 2 more authors.
Sel. Topics in Energy, Environ., Sustainable Dev. and Landscaping - 6th WSEAS Int. Conf. on Energy, Environ., Ecosystems and Sustainable Dev., EEESD'10, 3rd WSEAS Int. Conf. on Landsc. Archit., LA'10 | Year: 2010
The goal of this paper is to examine the respiratory health effects of airborne particles exposure and modification due to climate parameters using a case-control retrospective investigation and a time series analysis of data obtained in the same area and two time periods. In Study-Part 1, TSP (total suspended particles) was identified as a risk factor for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases) in the exposed population, with relative humidity as a protective factor against asthma. In Study-Part 2, adverse effects of TSP could be revealed for chronic bronchitis. Seasons and days of the weeks turned out to be important confounding factors. In both study periods there was a weak adverse effect of TSP upon chronic bronchitis incidence and hospitalization (disease exacerbation), especially at a specific age, 15-64 years. We conclude that, in the investigated area, the respiratory health effects of particles are substantial and modified by climate parameters and seasonality.