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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 462478, 8 pages
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Research Article

Respiratory Health Effects Associated with Restoration Work in Post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans

1Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2100, New Orleans, LA 70112-2704, USA
2Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
3Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Tulane School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Received 4 May 2012; Revised 6 November 2012; Accepted 20 November 2012

Academic Editor: Habibul Ahsan

Copyright © 2012 Roy J. Rando et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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