Special Issue "Indoor Air Pollution and Health: 2nd Edition"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Air".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Krassi Rumchev
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School of Public Health, Curtin University, Bentley, WA 6009, Australia
Interests: indoor air pollution; respiratory and cardiovascular health; children’s health; ultrafine particles; risk assessment; health impact assessment
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Dear Colleagues,

Indoor air quality has been directly related to the wellbeing, comfort, and health of indoor building occupants. Indoor environments represent a mix of air contaminants and indoor activities, inadequate ventilation, temperature, and humidity can increase concentrations of some pollutants. In developing countries, humans spend 80–90% of their routine time indoors, and the quality of the air they breathe can have a direct impact on overall health and work efficiency.

Recently, indoor air quality has reemerged as a significant health issue as scientific evidence shows that airborne transmission is one of the key routes by which SARS-CoV-2 is spread. Controlling concentrations of indoor respiratory aerosols to reduce airborne transmission of infectious agents becomes critical. A healthy indoor environment with a specific design criterion for buildings with consideration to include improved ventilation and selection of materials for sustainability should be contemplated.

This Special Issue aims to showcase the variety and relevance of recent advances and developments in the field of indoor air quality and health.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following: indoor air quality, air pollutants, respiratory health, cardiovascular health, SARS-CoV-2, infectious diseases, and intervention studies. 

Prof. Dr. Krassi Rumchev
Guest Editor

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  • indoor air
  • air pollutants
  • health effects
  • intervention
  • SARS-CoV

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The Association between Exposure to Residential Indoor Volatile Organic Compounds and Measures of Central Arterial Stiffness in Healthy Middle-Aged Men and Women
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(2), 981; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph19020981 - 16 Jan 2022
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It is well reported that individuals spend up to 90% of their daily time indoors, with between 60% to 90% of this time being spent in the home. Using a cross-sectional study design in a population of 111 healthy adults (mean age: 52.3 [...] Read more.
It is well reported that individuals spend up to 90% of their daily time indoors, with between 60% to 90% of this time being spent in the home. Using a cross-sectional study design in a population of 111 healthy adults (mean age: 52.3 ± 9.9 years; 65% women), we investigated the association between exposure to total volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor residential environments and measures of central arterial stiffness, known to be related to cardiovascular risk. Indoor VOC concentrations were measured along with ambulatory measures of pulse pressure (cPP), augmentation index (cAIx) and cAIx normalized for heart rate (cAIx75), over a continuous 24-h period. Pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) was determined during clinical assessment. Multiple regression analysis was performed to examine the relationship between measures of arterial stiffness and VOCs after adjusting for covariates. Higher 24-h, daytime and night-time cAIx was associated with an interquartile range increase in VOCs. Similar effects were shown with cAIx75. No significant effects were observed between exposure to VOCs and cPP or cfPWV. After stratifying for sex and age (≤50 years; >50 years), effect estimates were observed to be greater and significant for 24-h and daytime cAIx in men, when compared to women. No significant effect differences were seen between age groups with any measure of arterial stiffness. In this study, we demonstrated that residential indoor VOCs exposure was adversely associated with some measures of central arterial stiffness, and effects were different between men and women. Although mechanistic pathways remain unclear, these findings provide a possible link between domestic VOCs exposure and unfavourable impacts on individual-level cardiovascular disease risk. Full article
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