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Indoor air pollution from biomass fuel smoke is a major health concern in the developing world

Fullerton, Duncan, Bruce, N. and Gordon, Stephen (2008) 'Indoor air pollution from biomass fuel smoke is a major health concern in the developing world'. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 102, Issue 9, pp. 843-851.

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Abstract

One-third of the world's population burn organic material such as wood, dung or charcoal (biomass fuel) for cooking, heating and lighting. This form of energy usage is associated with high levels of indoor air pollution and an increase in the incidence of respiratory infections, including pneumonia, tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birthweight, cataracts, cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality both in adults and children. The mechanisms behind these associations are not fully understood. This review summarises the available information on biomass fuel use and health, highlighting the current gaps in knowledge. (C) 2008 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fuels biomass fuel toxicity respiratory tract infection chronic obstructive pulmonary disease hiv obstructive pulmonary-disease long-term exposure developing-countries risk-factors wood smoke birth-weight lung-cancer respiratory-infections pneumococcal disease particulate matter
Subjects: QT Physiology > Human Physiology > QT 140 Environmental exposure. Physiological adaptation
QT Physiology > Physiology. Hygiene > QT 230 Lighting. Air. Sunlight. Living space
WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WA Public Health > Sanitation. Environmental Control > General Sanitation and Environmental Control > WA 670 General works
WD Disorders of Systemic, Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc > Disorders and Injuries of Environmental Origin > WD 600 General works
WF Respiratory System > WF 140 Diseases of the respiratory system (General)
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 200 Tuberculosis (General)
WG Cardiovascular System > WG 120 Cardiovascular diseases
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 420 Newborn infants. Neonatology
WW Ophthalmology > Diseases. Color Perception > WW 140 Eye diseases
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trstmh.2008.05.028
Depositing User: Users 43 not found.
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2010 09:43
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:00
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/783

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