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Effects of Asian dust storm events on daily hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease in Taipei, Taiwan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16076758     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In spring, windblown dust storms originating in the deserts of Mongolia and China make their way to Taipei city. These occurrences are known as Asian dust storm (ADS) events. The objective of this study was to assess the possible effects of ADS on the hospital cardiovascular disease (CVD) admissions of residents in Taipei, Taiwan, during the period from 1996 to 2001. Fifty-four dust storm episodes, which were classified as index days, were identified. Daily CVD admissions on index days were compared with admissions on comparison days. Two comparison days were selected for each index day, 7 d before the index day and 7 d after the index day. The effects of dust storms on CVD were prominent 1 d after the event (3.65% increase). However, the association was not statistically significant. Nonetheless, it may be worthwhile to focus more on the potential adverse effects of ADS events in the future.
Yong-Shing Chen; Chun-Yuh Yang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of toxicology and environmental health. Part A     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1528-7394     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Toxicol. Environ. Health Part A     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-03     Completed Date:  2005-10-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100960995     Medline TA:  J Toxicol Environ Health A     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1457-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, and Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants / analysis
Air Pollution / adverse effects*
Carbon Monoxide / analysis
Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology*
Environmental Monitoring
Hospitalization* / statistics & numerical data
Nitrogen Dioxide / analysis
Ozone / analysis
Sulfur Dioxide / analysis
Taiwan / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants; 0/Dust; 10028-15-6/Ozone; 10102-44-0/Nitrogen Dioxide; 630-08-0/Carbon Monoxide; 7446-09-5/Sulfur Dioxide

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