Toward a Better Understanding of the Role of Transportation Noise in Chronic Disease: The Vancouver Studies
Keywords:public health, noise, traffic, chronic disease
Noise is a major public health problem. A research program at the University of British Columbia has been examining the role of noise, independently and combined with air pollution, in chronic disease causation. Since 2000, a series of studies has modelled environmental noise due to road, rail and air transportation, investigated correlations between air and noise pollutants, and examined the association of noise and incidence of a number of chronic disease such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. We also examined the association of noise with adverse birth outcomes. This paper summarize the methods and results of this program of research.
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