improved respiratory and sleep symptoms in children

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improved respiratory and sleep symptoms in children

Postby Wilberforce » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:13 pm

Adherence to reduced-polluting biomass fuel stoves improves respiratory and sleep symptoms in children
Accinelli et al
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/14/12/abstract
Abstract (provisional)

Background
Symptoms of sleep apnea are markedly increased in children exposed to smoke from biomass fuels and are reduced by kitchen stoves that improved indoor biomass pollution. However, the impact of adherence to the use improved stoves has not been critically examined.

Methods
Sleep-related symptom questionnaires were obtained from children <15 years of age in 56 families residing in the communities of Lliupapuquio, Andahuaylas province in Peru before and 2 years after installation of less-polluting Inkawasi cooking stoves.

Results
82 children with a lifetime exposures to indoor fuel pollution were included. When compared to those alternating between both types of stoves or those using traditional stoves only, those children who exclusively used Inkawasi cooking stoves showed significant improvements in sleep and respiratory related symptoms, but some minor albeit significant improvements occurred when both stoves were concomitantly used.

Conclusions
Improvements in respiratory and sleep-related symptoms associated with elevated indoor biomass pollution occur only following implementation and exclusive utilization of improved kitchen stoves.
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