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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in adults exposed to fine particles from a coal mine fire

Shivonne Prasad, Caroline Gao, Brigitte Borg, Jonathan Broder, David Brown, Jillian Ikin, Jillian Ikin, Annie Makar, Tom McCrabb, Ryan Hoy, Bruce Thompson, Michael Abramson

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2020


ABSTRACT Introduction In 2014 the Hazelwood open cut coal mine burned for six weeks, exposing nearby residents to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ). The long-term health consequences are being evaluated as part of the Hazelwood Health Study (HHS). These analyses explore the association between PM 2.5 and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods A sample of 346 exposed, and 173 unexposed, adults participated in the longitudinal Respiratory Stream of the HHS. Participants underwent spirometry and gas transfer measurements and answered validated respiratory questionnaires 3.5-4 years after the fire. Individual level mine fire-related PM 2.5 exposure was modelled. Multivariate linea..

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