Fragrance Chemicals & Health
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This topic explore how air fresheners, scented cleaning products, scented laundry detergents, and perfumes may affect health.
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Ozone-initiated VOC and particle emissions from a cleaning agent and an air freshener: Risk assessment of acute airway effects - Environment International

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EHP – Formaldehyde and Epigenetic Alterations: MicroRNA Changes in the Nasal Epithelium of Nonhuman Primates

Background: Formaldehyde is an air pollutant present in both indoor and outdoor atmospheres. Because of its ubiquitous nature, it is imperative to understand the mechanisms underlying formaldehyde-induced toxicity and carcinogenicity. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) can influence disease caused by environmental exposures, yet miRNAs are understudied in relation to formaldehyde. Our previous investigation demonstrated that formaldehyde exposure in human lung cells caused disruptions in miRNA expression profiles in vitro. ...


Conclusions: Formaldehyde exposure significantly disrupts miRNA expression profiles within the nasal epithelium, and these alterations likely influence apoptosis signaling.

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According to the EPA (http://www.epa.gov/kidshometour/products/airf.htm), formaldehde is one of the four basic ingredients of air fresheners.

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Incense Use and Cardiovascular Mortality among Chinese in Singapore: The Singapore Chinese Health Study - Environmental Health Pespectives

"Long-term exposure to incense burning in the home environment was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in the study population."

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