diseases associated with the use of biomass fuels

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diseases associated with the use of biomass fuels

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:36 pm

J Hazard Mater. 2011 Aug 30;192(2):425-31. Epub 2011 Jun 2.
A review of diseases associated with household air pollution due to the use of biomass fuels.
Kim KH, Jahan SA, Kabir E.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21705140 (DESCRIPTION ONLY)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/87419977/1-s2 ... 07424-main (PDF file for D/L)

Nearly one third of the world's population use biomass fuels such as coal, wood, animal dung, and crop residues as their primary source of domestic energy. Due to their incomplete combustion, a multitude of pollutants associated with high levels of indoor air pollution (IAP) are released which include suspended particulate matter (SPM), carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), etc. There is a line of evidence that exposure to those pollutants can lead to increased risk of diseases including respiratory infections (e.g., pneumonia, tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, and asthma), low birth weight, cataracts, and cardiovascular events. It is one of the major global public health threats that require greater efforts for prevention through research and policy-making. This review summarizes the available information on potential health risks associated with biomass fuel use.

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis!
Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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