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Special Issue "Noise Pollution and Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ta-Yuan Chang

Department of Occupational Safety and Health, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
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Interests: Occupational Health, Occupational Epidemiology, Health Risk Assessment, Physical hazards Assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Noise pollution is prevailing in our daily living environments. In addition to exposure to road traffic, railway, and aircraft noise, a greater intensity of noise exposure has been identified in the workplace. Increasing numbers of studies have reported the associations between noise exposure and adverse health outcomes though both the direct and indirect pathways to affect the auditory, sympathetic, endocrine, and immune systems. Challenges remain to be investigated further, including interaction of co-exposure to air pollutants in the atmosphere, the various effects of noise frequency spectrum, and new potential risks of noise pollution.

With this Special Issue, we invite you to submit high-quality original research articles or reviews that provide solid new findings to extend the current knowledge. Both observational studies and experimental/intervention designs are preferred except subjects only involving susceptible participants. All manuscripts will be reviewed by panels of experts in the field, and would be due no later than the end of March 2018.

Prof. Dr. Ta-Yuan Chang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Air pollutant
  • Frequency analysis
  • Health outcome
  • Interventions
  • Noise exposure

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Open AccessArticle Road Traffic Noise, Air Pollutants, and the Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease in Taichung, Taiwan
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(8), 1707; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15081707
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 3 August 2018 / Accepted: 7 August 2018 / Published: 9 August 2018
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Background: A few studies have investigated the interaction between exposure to road traffic noise, air pollutants, and cardiovascular disease (CVD), but their results were inconsistent. This cross-sectional study investigated whether road traffic noise, particulate matter with dynamic diameter less than 10 μm (PM
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Background: A few studies have investigated the interaction between exposure to road traffic noise, air pollutants, and cardiovascular disease (CVD), but their results were inconsistent. This cross-sectional study investigated whether road traffic noise, particulate matter with dynamic diameter less than 10 μm (PM10) and nitrogen dioxides (NO2) exposure were independently associated with the risk of CVD. Methods: We recruited 663 volunteers who had been living near main roads for more than three years in 2008. Information concerning the subjects’ home addresses was combined with noise measurements at 42 locations and annual average of air pollutants from 2 monitoring stations to estimate individual exposure. Multivariate logistic regression was used to calculate the odds ratio (OR) for diagnosed CVD, adjusting for potential confounders and co-exposure. Results: Only per 5-dBA increase in road traffic noise was significantly associated with elevated risk of CVD (adjusted OR = 2.23, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.26–3.93) in the single-exposure models. Such association was aggravated (adjusted OR = 2.96, 95% CI = 1.41–6.23) after adjustment for total traffic and PM10 or NO2 in the two-exposure models. Conclusions: Road traffic noise exposure may be associated with the increasing prevalence of CVD. No synergistic association was observed between co-exposure to noise and air pollutants and the risk of CVD. Full article
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