Lightweight vest monitors soot and dust you take in

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Lightweight vest monitors soot and dust you take in

Postby swiper » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:43 am

The Conscious Clothing A-Ware system, the agency hopes, just might revolutionize air pollution monitoring.

The vest might bring pollution monitoring to the human level -- beyond monitoring equipment EPA now has posted around the country. With enough personal, mobile monitors, it would be possible to track airborne pollution down to the city block, building or room.

And when those data are combined with measurements of users' breath volume and heart rate, federal officials say, the link between air quality and human health can become more explicit in real time.

"With people wearing these new data-collecting devices, researchers will be able to see and understand the relationships between varying levels of chemical exposures and individual health responses -- in real time," said Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. "This is a big step forward toward treating and, more importantly, preventing disease and illness."

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