Journal article

A randomized double-blind crossover study of indoor air filtration and acute changes in cardiorespiratory health in a First Nations community

S Weichenthal, G Mallach, R Kulka, A Black, A Wheeler, H You, M St-Jean, R Kwiatkowski, D Sharp

INDOOR AIR | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Few studies have examined indoor air quality in First Nations communities and its impact on cardiorespiratory health. To address this need, we conducted a crossover study on a First Nations reserve in Manitoba, Canada, including 37 residents in 20 homes. Each home received an electrostatic air filter and a placebo filter for 1 week in random order, and lung function, blood pressure, and endothelial function measures were collected at the beginning and end of each week. Indoor air pollutants were monitored throughout the study period. Indoor PM2.5 decreased substantially during air filter weeks relative to placebo (mean difference: 37 μg/m(3) , 95% CI: 10, 64) but remained approxi..

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