Navigation Links
New study to use smart phones to track air pollution exposure
Date:2/8/2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo researchers are creating a new and unusual "app" for the smart phone: tracking air pollution.

Carole Rudra, PhD, UB assistant professor of social and preventive medicine, has received a grant to assess a person's exposure over time to pollutants in an urban area -- in this case, the City of Buffalo.

The study is funded by a two-year $440,247 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A city's air pollution varies from downtown to playground to kitchen table, making it essential to be able to track study participants' location and collect data throughout the day. Smart phones equipped with GPS can do this very well.

"There are many ways to estimate air pollution exposures among humans," says Rudra. "Many current methods are based on participants' home addresses. These methods don't take into account the fact that people don't spend all day inside their homes. In an urban area, exposure changes significantly as people go about their daily activities.

"To overcome this limitation in a way that is convenient for study participants and feasible for future large studies, we will use smart phones to track study participants' locations over 24 hours. Their location registers automatically, so they don't have to call in or do anything else."

The 40 participants in the two-year study will use their own GPS-equipped smart phones, such as iPhones or Androids, which will record their location several times a day during a three-month study period. Volunteers from Buffalo and surrounding areas will be recruited in two waves -- summer 2011 and winter 2011-12.

Location will be defined by geographical coordinates, a system that enables every location on earth to be specified by a set of numbers. The researchers will check air pollution monitoring sites in various locations to determine participants' exposure to a number of pollutants.

"Air pollution is associated with a variety of health problems, such as asthma, heart disease, lung cancer, COPD and other conditions," notes Rudra.

An earlier study conducted by Rudra around Seattle, Wash., on the health risks of air pollution in pregnancy found that it does not increase the risk of preeclampsia or early delivery.

"This project will develop a method that will improve our ability to estimate human exposures to air pollutants, and will improve public health by allowing researchers to more accurately measure human exposures and relate these exposures to health outcomes."


'/>"/>

Contact: Lois Baker
ljbaker@buffalo.edu
716-645-4606
University at Buffalo
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Daily Pill Dispensers an Asset in Homes for Elderly: Study
2. Pot Use Might Speed Onset of Psychosis: Study
3. Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says
4. Brushes With the Law Raise Suicide Risk, Study Shows
5. Kinship Caregivers Get Less Help Than Foster Parents: Study
6. Border patrol: Immune cells protect body from invaders, according to Penn study
7. Allergies Linked to Lower Brain Cancer Rate in Study
8. CNIC and Grupo Santander present a new venue for imaging tests included in PESA study
9. Heart Scans May Raise Cancer Risk, Study Finds
10. The More Mom Works, the Heavier Her Kids Get: Study
11. HPV vaccine works for boys: Study shows first clear benefits
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... 10 Best Water ... were three leading bottled water brand owners that topped the list as a result ... and optimize conversion. The premier brand was Tibet 5100, a top notch water company ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 , ... Ongoing news of ... Life Care Association™ (ALCA) to conduct a survey that takes a closer look at ... today illustrates the prevalence and causes of TBI among the aging population, and identifies ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... MA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... Gout ... switch, and brings pain that is often severe, with intense swelling and redness. It ... than eight million people, but older adults are the most susceptible, according to the ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... four time Emmy award winner and inspirational speaker Jan Fox will serve as ... by Speaking Boldly will provide participants with tools to more effectively communicate with ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A national ergonomics pioneer , HealthPostures, ... March 9-11, 2016. Hosted by Ohio's Bureau of Worker's Compensation, the expo will ... running and largest worker's compensation event in Ohio, organizers of the safety congress ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... LONDON , February 10, 2016 ... window and M 1 receptor selectivity   ... Heptares StaR® technology, which has entered clinical development ... patients with dementia and schizophrenia.   --> ... StaR® technology, which has entered clinical development as ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Feb. 9, 2016  Misonix, Inc. ... company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ... wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and other ... second quarter and the first half of fiscal ... --> --> Highlights ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Mass. , Feb. 9, 2016  Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: ... tubeless insulin pump technology with its OmniPod ... David A. Lemoine has been appointed to Insulet,s Board ... of nine directors, eight of whom are independent. ... 40 years of audit and finance experience and a deep ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: