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Title: Development of an environmental health tool linking chemical exposures, physical location and lung function

Abstract

A challenge in environmental health research is collecting robust data sets to facilitate comparisons between personal chemical exposures, the environment and health outcomes. To address this challenge, the Exposure, Location and lung Function (ELF) tool was designed in collaboration with communities that share environmental health concerns. These concerns centered on respiratory health and ambient air quality. The ELF collects exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), given their association with diminished lung function. Here, we describe the ELF as a novel environmental health 50 assessment tool. The ELF tool collects chemical exposure for 62 PAHs using passive sampling silicone wristbands, geospatial location data and respiratory lung function measures using a hand-held spirometer paired. The ELF was tested by 10 individuals with mild to moderate asthma for 7 days in Eugene, OR. Participants wore a wristband each day to collect PAH exposure, carried a cell phone, and performed spirometry daily to collect respiratory health measures. Location data was gathered using geospatial positioning system technology in an Android cell-phone. We detected and quantified 31 PAHs across the study population. Exposure data showed spatial and temporal sensitivity within and between participants. Location data was used with existing datasets such as the Toxics Release Inventorymore » and the NOAA Hazard Mapping System. Respiratory health outcomes were validated using criteria from the American Thoracic Society with 94% of participant data meeting standards. Finally, the ELF was used with a high degree of compliance (>90%) by community members. The ELF is a novel environmental health assessment tool that allows for personal data collection spanning chemical exposures, location and lung function measures as well as self-reported information.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [7];  [2]
  1. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  2. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
  3. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). Superfund Research Program, Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship Program
  4. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Computing & Analytics Division
  5. Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). College of Engineering
  6. Columbia Univ., New York City, NY (United States). Environmental Health Sciences
  7. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Biological Sciences Division
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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568816
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-138638
Journal ID: ISSN 1471-2458
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
BMC Public Health (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: BMC Public Health (Online); Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1471-2458
Publisher:
BioMed Central
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; environmental health; PAHs; asthma; air quality; wearable sensors; exposome; silicone wristbands; spirometer

Citation Formats

Rohlman, Diana, Dixon, Holly M., Kincl, Laurel, Larkin, Andrew, Evoy, Richard, Barton, Michael, Phillips, Aaron, Peterson, Elena, Scaffidi, Christopher, Herbstman, Julie B., Waters, Katrina M., and Anderson, Kim A. Development of an environmental health tool linking chemical exposures, physical location and lung function. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7217-z.
Rohlman, Diana, Dixon, Holly M., Kincl, Laurel, Larkin, Andrew, Evoy, Richard, Barton, Michael, Phillips, Aaron, Peterson, Elena, Scaffidi, Christopher, Herbstman, Julie B., Waters, Katrina M., & Anderson, Kim A. Development of an environmental health tool linking chemical exposures, physical location and lung function. United States. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7217-z.
Rohlman, Diana, Dixon, Holly M., Kincl, Laurel, Larkin, Andrew, Evoy, Richard, Barton, Michael, Phillips, Aaron, Peterson, Elena, Scaffidi, Christopher, Herbstman, Julie B., Waters, Katrina M., and Anderson, Kim A. Mon . "Development of an environmental health tool linking chemical exposures, physical location and lung function". United States. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7217-z. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568816.
@article{osti_1568816,
title = {Development of an environmental health tool linking chemical exposures, physical location and lung function},
author = {Rohlman, Diana and Dixon, Holly M. and Kincl, Laurel and Larkin, Andrew and Evoy, Richard and Barton, Michael and Phillips, Aaron and Peterson, Elena and Scaffidi, Christopher and Herbstman, Julie B. and Waters, Katrina M. and Anderson, Kim A.},
abstractNote = {A challenge in environmental health research is collecting robust data sets to facilitate comparisons between personal chemical exposures, the environment and health outcomes. To address this challenge, the Exposure, Location and lung Function (ELF) tool was designed in collaboration with communities that share environmental health concerns. These concerns centered on respiratory health and ambient air quality. The ELF collects exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), given their association with diminished lung function. Here, we describe the ELF as a novel environmental health 50 assessment tool. The ELF tool collects chemical exposure for 62 PAHs using passive sampling silicone wristbands, geospatial location data and respiratory lung function measures using a hand-held spirometer paired. The ELF was tested by 10 individuals with mild to moderate asthma for 7 days in Eugene, OR. Participants wore a wristband each day to collect PAH exposure, carried a cell phone, and performed spirometry daily to collect respiratory health measures. Location data was gathered using geospatial positioning system technology in an Android cell-phone. We detected and quantified 31 PAHs across the study population. Exposure data showed spatial and temporal sensitivity within and between participants. Location data was used with existing datasets such as the Toxics Release Inventory and the NOAA Hazard Mapping System. Respiratory health outcomes were validated using criteria from the American Thoracic Society with 94% of participant data meeting standards. Finally, the ELF was used with a high degree of compliance (>90%) by community members. The ELF is a novel environmental health assessment tool that allows for personal data collection spanning chemical exposures, location and lung function measures as well as self-reported information.},
doi = {10.1186/s12889-019-7217-z},
journal = {BMC Public Health (Online)},
number = 1,
volume = 19,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {7}
}

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Fig. 1 Fig. 1: Photograph of the ELF components. Clockwise from left: Activity log for self-reported environmental exposures, disposable paper mouthpieces for use with the hand-held spirometer, 7 silicone wristbands in air-tight packaging, and an Android phone hosting the ELF Tracker

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