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Effect of Outdoor Airborne Particulate Matter on Daily Death Counts

National Institute of Statistical Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-4162, USA.
Environmental Health Perspectives (Impact Factor: 7.03). 06/1995; 103(5):490-7. DOI: 10.1289/ehp.95103490
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ABSTRACT To investigate the possible relationship between airborne particulate matter and mortality, we developed regression models of daily mortality counts using meteorological covariates and measures of outdoor PM10. Our analyses included data from Cook County, Illinois, and Salt Lake County, Utah. We found no evidence that particulate matter < or = 10 microns (PM10) contributes to excess mortality in Salt Lake County, Utah. In Cook County, Illinois, we found evidence of a positive PM10 effect in spring and autumn, but not in winter and summer. We conclude that the reported effects of particulates on mortality are unconfirmed.

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