Particulate matter modifies the magnitude and time course of the non-linear temperature-mortality association

Li Li, Jun Yang, Cui Guo, Ping-Yan Chen, Chun-Quan Ou, Yuming Guo

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It remains uncertain whether air pollution modifies the magnitude and time course of the temperature-mortality association. We applied a distributed lag non-linear model (DLNM) combined with non-linear interaction terms to assess the modifying effects of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 10 μm or less (PM10) on the association between mean temperature and mortality in Guangzhou, China. We found that both cold and hot effects increased with the quartiles of PM10. The elderly were more vulnerable to cold and hot effects. Men suffered more from cold-related mortality than women, with the gender difference enlarging with the quartiles of PM10. We identified statistically significant interaction effects between PM10 and mean temperature on mortality (except for respiratory mortality). Cold and hot effects basically appeared acutely on highly polluted days, while effects were delayed on lowly polluted days. The findings indicate the importance of reducing PM10 emission on extremely temperature days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-430
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Effect modification
  • Mortality
  • PM
  • Temperature
  • Time course

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