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Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures (2000)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Summaries." Institute of Medicine. 2000. Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9610.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Summaries." Institute of Medicine. 2000. Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9610.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Summaries." Institute of Medicine. 2000. Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9610.
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APPENDIX B WORKSHOP SUMMARIES PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON ASTHMA CAUSATION AND E~CERBATION The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center Irvine, California January 18, 1999 WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AND SP"KERS Epidemiology of Asthma Peter Gergen, M.D., M.P.H., Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland Viral Exposures and Asthma lames E. Gern, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of Wisconsin, Madison Endotoxin Exposures and Asthma Donald K. Milton, M.D., Dr.P.H., Associate Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Environmental Health, Occupational Health Program, Harvard School of Public Health Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Asthma Ira B. Tager, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Biology and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley 415

416 CLEARING THE AIR Asthma Induction in Early Childhood Diane R. Gold, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health Marilyn l. Halonen, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Deputy Director, Respiratory Sciences Center, University of Arizona College of Medicine Use of Animal Models to Inform the Issue of Indoor Exposures and Asthma M. Ian Gilmour, Ph.D., Immunotoxicology Branch, Environmental Toxicology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Pathobiology of Asthma Stephen I. Wasserman, M.D., Chairman and Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Diego PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON EXPOSURE PREVENTION, LIMITATION, OR REMEDIATION National Academy of Sciences Building Washington, D.C. March 22, 1999 WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AND SP"KERS Dust Mite Allergen Exposure and Control Larry G. Arlian, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University

APPENDIX B Cockroach Allergen Exposure and Control Peyton A. Eggleston, M.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Animal Allergen Exposure and Control Robert A. Wood, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Asthma and Exposures in the School Environment Victoria W. Persky, M.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago Asthma and Exposure in the School Environment Kathleen Kreiss, M.D., Branch Chief Field Studies Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia Effectiveness of Air Filtration in Limiting Problematic Exposures William W. Nazaroff, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley Characterizing and Controlling Moisture Conditions in Residences William B. Rose, M.Arch., Research Architect, School of Architecture-Building Research Council, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 417

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Since about 1980, asthma prevalence and asthma-related hospitalizations and deaths have increased substantially, especially among children. Of particular concern is the high mortality rate among African Americans with asthma.

Recent studies have suggested that indoor exposures--to dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pet dander, tobacco smoke, and other biological and chemical pollutants--may influence the disease course of asthma. To ensure an appropriate response, public health and education officials have sought a science-based assessment of asthma and its relationship to indoor air exposures.

Clearing the Air meets this need. This book examines how indoor pollutants contribute to asthma-- its causation, prevalence, triggering, and severity. The committee discusses asthma among the general population and in sensitive subpopulations including children, low-income individuals, and urban residents. Based on the most current findings, the book also evaluates the scientific basis for mitigating the effects of indoor air pollutants implicated in asthma. The committee identifies priorities for public health policy, public education outreach, preventive intervention, and further research.

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