Air Pollution Concerns Not Changed by S-PLUS Flaw

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  31 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5607, pp. 665-666
DOI: 10.1126/science.1082105

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


A major epidemiological time-series study of particulate matter (PM) air pollution and human health has substantially reduced its effect estimates because of a software (S-PLUS) statistical problem. However, a large number of other studies have found that acute and chronic morbidity and mortality outcomes are occurring in association with PM concentrations at low and relatively common pollution levels. This will remain a serious public health concern until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moves to revise its currently inadequate PM standards.