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Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology:
doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e328353351f
OUTCOME MEASURES: Edited by Henry Milgrom and Ralph Mosges

Measures of forest fire smoke exposure and their associations with respiratory health outcomes

Henderson, Sarah B.a,b; Johnston, Fay H.c

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Abstract

Purpose of review: Exposure to forest fire smoke is episodic, which makes its health effects challenging to study. We review the newest contributions to a growing literature on acute respiratory outcomes.

Recent findings: Smoke exposure was associated with increases in self-reported symptoms, medication use, outpatient physician visits, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and mortality. The associations were strongest for the outcomes most specific to asthma.

Summary: Studies with varied approaches to exposure assessment and varied measures of respiratory outcomes were consistent among themselves, and consistent with most previous work.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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