Beirut air pollution and health effects-BAPHE study protocol and objectives

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dc.contributor.author Nakhle, Myrian Mrad
dc.contributor.author Farah, Wehbeh
dc.contributor.author Ziade, Nelly
dc.contributor.author Abboud, Maher
dc.contributor.author Coussa-Koniski, Marie-Louise
dc.contributor.author Maesano, Annesi-Maesano
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-26T10:30:57Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-26T10:30:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-06-26
dc.identifier.issn 2049-6958 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/10909
dc.description.abstract Background Recent studies investigating the health effects of air pollution have proven an existing impact around and below international air quality guidelines and standards. These studies were based on accessible data from official registers managed by public authorities. The protocol followed in BAPHE project is described; its benefits and disadvantages are presented and discussed in this paper. Methods Based on the review of several international studies we developed a custom made approach in BAPHE (Beirut Air Pollution and Health Effects) project in order to analyze the short term health effects of air pollution taking into consideration the lack of data availability from official sources. Results PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations were measured in Beirut for the period starting from the 1st of January 2012 to the 31st of December 2012. The annual average concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 exceeded WHO’s annual average limits by 150 % and 200 %, respectively. Health data for 11,567 individuals were collected over 12 months. A variation of hospital admission causes was observed by age categories and gender. Conclusions This article presents a simple protocol and the descriptive results of its application in the frame of an eco-epidemiological study in Lebanon. We believe that this work is not only important on a local scale, but it could be helpful for environmental epidemiological studies in other countries en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Beirut air pollution and health effects-BAPHE study protocol and objectives en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOM en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201000174 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine en_US
dc.journal.volume 10 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 21 en_US
dc.keywords Air quality en_US
dc.keywords Environmental health en_US
dc.keywords Suspended particulate matter en_US
dc.keywords Time series en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1186/s40248-015-0016-1 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Nakhlé, M. M., Farah, W., Ziade, N., Abboud, M., Coussa-Koniski, M. L., & Annesi-Maesano, I. (2015). Beirut Air Pollution and Health Effects-BAPHE study protocol and objectives. Multidisciplinary respiratory medicine, 10(1), 21. en_US
dc.author.email marie-louise.koniski@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://mrmjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40248-015-0016-1 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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