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Effects of Reduced Ambient PM10 Levels on the Health of Children in Lower-income Families
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Effects of Reduced Ambient PM10 Levels on the Health of Children in Lower-income Families
Bae, Hyun-Joo;
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We examined the association of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter < () with asthma-related hospitalization, stratified by socioeconomic status (SES), among children less than 15 years of age in Seoul, Korea, between 2003 and 2005. In addition, we estimated the reduction in the number of asthma-related hospitalizations that would result from implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline. SES was defined based on data concerning health insurance premium grades, and grouped into two levels: lower-income group and control group. The lower-income group was classified as having an accumulated income which did not exceed the 50th percentile of the median income. Time-series analysis was performed to evaluate the association between and asthma-related hospitalization. The Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program was used to analyze the impact on children`s health. Based upon an increase of of , the asthma-related hospitalization risk for the lower-income group was increased by 1.78% (95% confidence intervals (CI)
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