Journal article

Sub-Clinical Effects of Outdoor Smoke in Affected Communities

Thomas O'Dwyer, Michael J Abramson, Lahn Straney, Farhad Salimi, Fay Johnston, Amanda J Wheeler, David O'Keeffe, Anjali Haikerwal, Fabienne Reisen, Ingrid Hopper, Martine Dennekamp

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

Many Australians are intermittently exposed to landscape fire smoke from wildfires or planned (prescribed) burns. This study aimed to investigate effects of outdoor smoke from planned burns, wildfires and a coal mine fire by assessing biomarkers of inflammation in an exposed and predominantly older population. Participants were recruited from three communities in south-eastern Australia. Concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) were continuously measured within these communities, with participants performing a range of health measures during and without a smoke event. Changes in biomarkers were examined in response to PM2.5 concentrations from outdoor smoke. Increased levels of FeNO..

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