Works Cited

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 Citations

Indoor Air Quality Report that outlines the pollutants and sources in our homes:

“An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).” Indoor Air Quality. 13 Aug. 2007. Environmental Protection Agency. 13 Sep. 2007 <http: www.epa.gov/iaq/ia-intro.html>.

Statistics about asthma that prompted me to study this topic further:

BBC News, (1998, December 11). Asthma Worldwide. Health, Background Briefing, Medical Notes. Retrieved January 12, 2009, from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/background_briefings/international/233287.stm database.

Report focusing on improving indoor air quality in an indoor environments:

Klesch , L., Kensok, T., & Smirnova, Y. (2007, January). State of Our Indoor Air. AirAdvice, 1-8.

 Primary source that was very informative about the pathophysiology of asthma and immune response:

Mitchem, Patricia (Trish). Telephone interview and Face-to-face meeting. 11 Oct. 2010, 30 Dec, 2010, 8 Jan, 2011.

Published peer-reviewed journal that had aluable information about the regression model currently being used by medical practitioners. My model was built off this one and my control group validated this regression model:

 Nunn, A. J. (1989, April 22). New regression equations for predicting peak expiratory flow in adults.. BMJ, 298, 1069. Retrieved December 19, 2008, from PubMed Central database.

Image and Information about how the respiratory system works

OHSU, (2008). Anatomy of the Respiratory System. Retrieved October 9, 2008, from Oregon Health and Science University (2007,August 28). Pathophysiology and Pathogenesis of Asthma, and Natural History of Asthma, (2), 11-34. Retrieved from  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/03_sec2_def.pdf

Trupin, L. (2010, May 20). An integrated model of environmental factors in adult asthma lung function and disease severity: a cross-sectional study. PubMed Central , 9,1-20. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-9-24.

Zhengmin, Q., Lin, H. M., Chinchilli, V. M., Lehman, E. B., Stewart, W. F., Duan, Y., ...Bascom, R. (2010, April 2). Associations Between Air Pollution and Peak Expiratory Flow Among Patients with Persistent Asthma. PubMed, 72(1), 39-46.doi:10.1080/15287390802445517 AARC, (n.d.). COPD Facts. Retrieved September 17, 2008, from AARC: http://www.aarc.org/klein/facts.asp

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MacNaughton, K.R. (2008, February 4). Asthma and the Immune System HyperReaction: Mystery Solved?. Retrieved September 23, 2008 from About.com: http://asthma.about.com/6/2008/02/04/asthma-and-the-immune-system-hyperreaction-mystery-solved.html

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(2006, September 28). What is Asthma?. Retrieved September 26, 2008, from Canadian Lung Association: http://www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/asthma-asthme/what-quoi/index_e.php

(2005). What is Asthma?. Retrieved October 7, 2008, from The Lung Association and the Government of Ontario: http://www.teenasthma.ca/whatisasthma.jsp

Trupin, L. (2010, May 20). An integrated model of environmental factors in adult asthma lung function and disease severity: a cross-sectional study. PubMed Central , 91-20. doi:10.1186/1476-069X-9-24.     

Yu, O. (n.d.). Effects of Ambient Carbon Monoxide and Atmospheric Particles on Asthma Symptoms: Results from the CAMP Air Pollution Asthma Study. Retrieved January 12, 2008, from CAMP: http://depts.washington.edu/pmcenter/res_rp_pm2k_6.pdf

Zhengmin, Q., Lin, H. M., Chinchilli, V. M., Lehman, E. B., Stewart, W. F., Duan, Y., ...

Bascom, R. (2010, April 2). Associations Between Air Pollution and Peak Expiratory Flow Among Patients with Persistent Asthma. PubMed, 72(1), 39-46.doi:10.1080/15287390802445517 AARC, (n.d.). COPD Facts. Retrieved September 17, 2008, from AARC: http://www.aarc.org/klein/facts.asp

 

Acknowledgements

Primary support was provided by the following, without who this experiment would not have been possible:

  • The 103 test subjects for sharing their data and allowing me to access the air quality data for their household and work places.
  • Ms. Patricia (Trish) Mitchem, R.R.T., Adult Clinical Practice Manager of the Respiratory Care Department at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) guided me in the right direction in terms of my background research, provided me with the Peak Flow Meters for my testing, and reviewed my findings.
  • Air Advice, Inc. (www.airadvice.com) for loaning me the Air Quality monitors. Specifically, the following individuals were helpful:
    • Mr. Lucas Klesch (Senior IAQ Chemist, Air AdviceÆ) gave me a tour of Air Advice calibration lab and visited my home to train me on proper placement of the monitors. Mr. Klesch provided also provided insight regarding data trends and patiently answered my questions all along. 
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I would like to thank my family and friends who enriched my learning experience:

  • Chetan Shah, my dad, offered creative suggestions to better my project and participated in ongoing brainstorming discussions. My dad also drove me tirelessly to the subject's households and workplaces.
  • Sonal Shah, my mom, who provided input to enhance the presentation of my display and perfect the verbal delivery of my presentation.
  • Priyam Shah, my brother who is a sophomore at the University of Southern California provided guidance all along.
  • Ms. Rachel Robinson, a graduate student in environmental and public health, who helped me with the technical details of putting together the video presentation, reviewed my project, and offered suggestions along the way.
 

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