High prevalence of childhood asthma in Northern Israel is linked to air pollution by particulate matter: evidence from GIS analysis and Bayesian Model Averaging.

@article{Portnov2012HighPO,
  title={High prevalence of childhood asthma in Northern Israel is linked to air pollution by particulate matter: evidence from GIS analysis and Bayesian Model Averaging.},
  author={Boris A. Portnov and Benjamin Reiser and Khaled Karkabi and Orit Cohen-Kastel and Jonathan Dubnov},
  journal={International journal of environmental health research},
  year={2012},
  volume={22 3},
  pages={249-69}
}
The medical records of 3922 school children residing in the Greater Haifa Metropolitan Area in Northern Israel were analyzed. Individual exposure to ambient air pollution (SO(2) and PM(10)) for each child was estimated using Geographic Information Systems tools. Factors affecting childhood asthma risk were then investigated using logistic regression and the more recently developed Bayesian Model Averaging (BMA) tools. The analysis reveals that childhood asthma in the study area appears to be… CONTINUE READING

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