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Article: Temperature variation and preterm birth among live singleton deliveries in Shenzhen, China: A time-to-event analysis

TitleTemperature variation and preterm birth among live singleton deliveries in Shenzhen, China: A time-to-event analysis
Authors
KeywordsAmbient temperature
Temperature variation
Preterm birth
Diurnal temperature range
Temperature changes between neighboring days
Issue Date2021
PublisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/envres
Citation
Environmental Research, 2021, v. 195, p. article no. 110834 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective Ambient temperature extremes due to heat exposure was an established risk factor for preterm birth (<37 gestational weeks). However, there is insufficient epidemiological evidence on the effects of temperature variation(TV), although TV is also associated with heat exposure and can influence human health risk. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between inter- and intraday TV and preterm birth (PTB). Method A total of 1,388,994 live singleton births were collected from January 2003 to December 2012, from the Shenzhen Birth registry system. Daily temperature range (DTR) was defined as the difference between the highest and lowest recorded daily temperature. Intraday TV was defined as the maximum daily diurnal temperature range in a given week (Max-DTR). Inter-day TV was defined as the maximum increase or decrease in daily mean temperature between days t and t-1in a given week; either an increase (Temp-inc) or a decrease (Temp-dec). We used Cox proportional hazards models to estimate TV-related PTB risks during the first trimester, the second trimester, and in late pregnancy. Results The maximum values for DTR, Temp-inc, and Temp-dec were 17 °C, 8 °C and 11 °C, respectively. The greatest TV-related PTB risk occurred in the second trimester, with 5.8% (95%CI: 3.3%, 8.3%), 23.7% (95%CI: 19.6%, 27.9%), and 4.4% (95%CI: 1.8%, 7.1%) differences per 1 °C increase in Max-DTR, Temp-inc, and Temp-dec, respectively. Greater TV was associated with elevated PTB risk during the warm season. The association between TV and PTB was modified by seasons, maternal education and chronic conditions. Conclusions Sharp TV is a likely risk factor for PTB. Policy makers and clinicians should recognize the potential role of TV in the etiology of PTB so that interventions can be designed to protect pregnant women and their fetuses against extreme temperatures.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/297263
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2020 Impact Factor: 6.498
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.452

 

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dc.contributor.authorLi, C-
dc.contributor.authorBloom, MS-
dc.contributor.authorLin, S-
dc.contributor.authorRen, M-
dc.contributor.authorHajat, S-
dc.contributor.authorWang, Q-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, W-
dc.contributor.authorHo, HC-
dc.contributor.authorZhao, Q-
dc.contributor.authorLin, Y-
dc.contributor.authorHuang, C-
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-08T07:16:29Z-
dc.date.available2021-03-08T07:16:29Z-
dc.date.issued2021-
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Research, 2021, v. 195, p. article no. 110834-
dc.identifier.issn0013-9351-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/297263-
dc.description.abstractObjective Ambient temperature extremes due to heat exposure was an established risk factor for preterm birth (<37 gestational weeks). However, there is insufficient epidemiological evidence on the effects of temperature variation(TV), although TV is also associated with heat exposure and can influence human health risk. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between inter- and intraday TV and preterm birth (PTB). Method A total of 1,388,994 live singleton births were collected from January 2003 to December 2012, from the Shenzhen Birth registry system. Daily temperature range (DTR) was defined as the difference between the highest and lowest recorded daily temperature. Intraday TV was defined as the maximum daily diurnal temperature range in a given week (Max-DTR). Inter-day TV was defined as the maximum increase or decrease in daily mean temperature between days t and t-1in a given week; either an increase (Temp-inc) or a decrease (Temp-dec). We used Cox proportional hazards models to estimate TV-related PTB risks during the first trimester, the second trimester, and in late pregnancy. Results The maximum values for DTR, Temp-inc, and Temp-dec were 17 °C, 8 °C and 11 °C, respectively. The greatest TV-related PTB risk occurred in the second trimester, with 5.8% (95%CI: 3.3%, 8.3%), 23.7% (95%CI: 19.6%, 27.9%), and 4.4% (95%CI: 1.8%, 7.1%) differences per 1 °C increase in Max-DTR, Temp-inc, and Temp-dec, respectively. Greater TV was associated with elevated PTB risk during the warm season. The association between TV and PTB was modified by seasons, maternal education and chronic conditions. Conclusions Sharp TV is a likely risk factor for PTB. Policy makers and clinicians should recognize the potential role of TV in the etiology of PTB so that interventions can be designed to protect pregnant women and their fetuses against extreme temperatures.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/envres-
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironmental Research-
dc.subjectAmbient temperature-
dc.subjectTemperature variation-
dc.subjectPreterm birth-
dc.subjectDiurnal temperature range-
dc.subjectTemperature changes between neighboring days-
dc.titleTemperature variation and preterm birth among live singleton deliveries in Shenzhen, China: A time-to-event analysis-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHo, HC: hcho21@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envres.2021.110834-
dc.identifier.pmid33548292-
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dc.identifier.hkuros321476-
dc.identifier.volume195-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 110834-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 110834-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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