A recent 'stoves' newsletter from HEDON Patron Kirk Smith, releases four new papers on the health impacts of household air pollution. "We believe that each of the four new papers is pioneering in this field, but please let me know if this is not true", says Kirk.

Two of the papers have also been mentioned in a previous article, "Wood Smoke from Cooking Fires Linked to Pneumonia, Cognitive Impacts".

Kirk says, "I might note the first two underscore the benefits of good exposure assessment and, in a way, the fourth illustrates the problems of not having good exposure assessment."

"Speaking for the investigators, we much appreciate the advice and support of the funders (primarily NIEHS for #1-3 and the Shell Foundation for the database analyzed in #4) and all the other institutions and individuals named in the acknowledgements, particularly the Center for Health Studies of the Universidad del Valle for more than a decade of productive collaboration."

"And, personally, I much value the patience and support of friends and family with regard to #1, which was a quarter century in the making."

If you would like to read them, the papers can be found in our publications library using the links below:
  1. Effect of reduction in household air pollution on childhood pneumonia in Guatemala (RESPIRE): a randomised controlled trial
  2. Neurodevelopmental performance among school age children in rural Guatemala is associated with prenatal and postnatal exposure to carbon monoxide, a marker for exposure to woodsmoke.
  3. Intervention to Lower Household Wood Smoke Exposure in Guatemala Reduces ST-Segment Depression on Electrocardiograms
  4. Demonstrating bias and improved inference for stoves’ health benefits