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Quality of indoor residential air and health

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posted on 2023-05-18, 10:31 authored by Dales, R, Liu, L, Amanda WheelerAmanda Wheeler, Gilbert, NL
About 90% of our time is spent indoors where we are exposed to chemical and biological contaminants and possibly to carcinogens. These agents may influence the risk of developing nonspecific respiratory and neurologic symptoms, allergies, asthma and lung cancer. We review the sources, health effects and control strategies for several of these agents. There are conflicting data about indoor allergens. Early exposure may increase or may decrease the risk of future sensitization. Reports of indoor moulds or dampness or both are consistently associated with increased respiratory symptoms but causality has not been established. After cigarette smoking, exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and radon are the most common causes of lung cancer. Homeowners can improve the air quality in their homes, often with relatively simple measures, which should provide health benefits.


Publication title

CMAJ: (Canadian Medical Association Journal)








Menzies Institute for Medical Research


Canadian Medical Association

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1867 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa, Canada, Ontario, K1G 3Y6

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Copyright 2008 Canadian Medical Association or its licensors

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Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified

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