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Long term impact of coal mine fire smoke on lung mechanics in exposed adults

Nicolette Holt, Caroline Gao, Brigitte Borg, David Brown, Jonathan Broder, Jillian Ikin, Annie Makar, Thomas McCrabb, Kris Nilsen, Bruce Thompson, Michael Abramson

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2020


In 2014, a six-week long fire at the Hazelwood open cut coal mine exposed residents in the adjacent town of Morwell to high concentrations of fine particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter <2.5μm (PM 2.5 ). The long-term health consequences are being evaluated as part of the Hazelwood Health Study (HHS). Approximately 3.5 to 4 years after the mine fire, adults from Morwell (n=346) and the comparison town Sale (n=173) participated in the longitudinal Respiratory Stream of the HHS. Individual fire-related PM 2.5 exposure was retrospectively modelled. Lung mechanics were assessed using the forced oscillation technique (FOT), which utilises pressure waves to measure respiratory system resi..

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