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The Effect of Air Pollution on Lung Health Among Children Living in Haifa Bay Region, Israel

This study has been completed.
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First received: July 17, 2008
Last updated: September 13, 2010
Last verified: September 2010

Haifa bay region is located close to a major industrial zone. The aim of the study is to evaluate the health status of children living in Haifa bay region.

The health status will be evaluated using health questionnaires and spirometry.

Condition Intervention
Bronchial Asthma
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Device: Spirometry (Pony spirometer)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: The Effect of Air Pollution on Lung Health Among Children Living in Haifa Bay Region, Israel.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The prevalence of respiratory symptoms in respect to air pollution [ Time Frame: Two years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: December 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Children at school age from Haifa bay region
Device: Spirometry (Pony spirometer)
Spirometry at rest
Other Name: Pony spirometer, Cosmed, Italy.

Detailed Description:

Haifa bay is located close to a major industrial zone. The aim of the study is to evaluate the health status of children living in Haifa bay region.

The health status will be evaluated while using health questionnaires and spirometry.

Objective: To evaluate the respiratory health of Haifa bay region children with comparatives, with respect to local air pollution levels.

Material and Methods: Children from Haifa bay region from 10 different communities (1200 children) will be included in the study, after both parents and the children (above 12 years of age) will sign an informed consent form.

First step: A health questionnaire (based on Hebrew version of ISAAC questionnaire) will be filled in by the parents.

Second step: Spirometry checking of the children. In parallel, air pollution levels will be measured and provided by a network of ground monitoring stations maintained by the Haifa District Municipality Association for the Environment (HDMAE). The station provides half-hourly measurement of mean concentrations of gaseous (NOX, SO2, O3) and particular (PM 10) pollutants over the entire investigation window. Additional meteorological data are also collected.

Risk maps: Using a GIS platform, we are developing a multi-layer risk mapping procedure which accounts for ambient concentrations of selected pollutants and the heterogenic spatial distribution of several demographic and socio-economic indexes in the region.

The prevalence of pulmonary disease will be evaluated according to the risk maps The health status of the children will be documented from the children's primary clinic files as well.


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Living in Haifa bay region, Israel.
  • Parents signed informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children that their parents did not signed the informed consent
  • Chronic disease except of asthma: Diabetes mellitus, Cystic Fibrosis, Cardiac diseases, Renal, Rheumatic and Chronic Gastrointestinal diseases, Mental retardation.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00718133

Pediatric Center Armon Clinic
Haifa, Israel, 34362
Sponsors and Collaborators
Carmel Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Haim Bibi, MD Carmel Medical Center
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Haim Bibi, MD, Carmel Medical Center Identifier: NCT00718133     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HTA 4643/ CMC 0066-07
Study First Received: July 17, 2008
Last Updated: September 13, 2010
Health Authority: Israel: Israeli Health Ministry Pharmaceutical Administration

Keywords provided by Carmel Medical Center:
Air pollution

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Bronchial Diseases
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on November 24, 2014