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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 49  |  Page : 283-

Traffic noise, toxin, emotional stress: How to control?

Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok - 10160, Thailand

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Wiwanitkit V. Traffic noise, toxin, emotional stress: How to control?.Noise Health 2010;12:283-283

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I read the current publication of Stansfeld et al. with great interest. [1] Stansfeld et al. tried to study the reduction of road traffic noise and its relationship with mental health, and found that their attempted intervention was not successful. [1] Stansfeld et al. recently reported that "There was no direct association between noise exposure level and psychological morbidity, but there were provocative interactions with noise sensitivity." [2] Indeed, there are many factors contributing to the deteriorated mental status in subjects living in crowded traffic. Not only noise but also toxic substances might be the factors leading to impaired mental status. Of several toxic substances, benzene that is a common toxic volatile gas from automobile exhaust, is confirmed for induction of mental status impairment. [3] Mental impairment is reported after 1 year of exposure to benzene from traffic surroundings. [3] Indeed, crowded traffic itself can still be the cause of emotional stress to anyone living in that area. Chemosensory irritation due to air pollution is mentioned as an important contributor to psychological impairment. [4] A dose-related response pattern is reported for this condition. [4] An approach looking at different aspects of traffic, such as noise and air pollution, and the effects of traffic congestion might be a better approach.


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4Seeber A, van Thriel C, Haumann K, Kiesswetter E, Blaszkewicz M, Golka K. Psychological reactions related to chemosensory irritation. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2002;75:314-25.