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Jeffery RD, Krogh C, Horner B. Adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines. Can Fam Physician. 2013 May;59(5):473-5. PubMed PMID: 23673580; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3653647.

Jeffery RD, Krogh C, Horner B. Adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines. Can Fam Physician. 2013 Sep;59(9):921, 923-5. PubMed PMID: 24029503; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3771715.

Feder K, Michaud DS, Keith SE, Voicescu SA, Marro L, Than J, Guay M, Denning A, Bower TJ, Lavigne E, Whelan C, van den Berg F. An assessment of quality of life using the WHOQOL-BREF among participants living in the vicinity of wind turbines. Environ Res. 2015 Oct;142:227-38. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.06.043. Epub 2015 Jul 11. PubMed PMID: 26176420.

Maffei L, Masullo M, Gabriele MD, Votsi NE, Pantis JD, Senese VP. Auditory recognition of familiar and unfamiliar subjects with wind turbine noise. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Apr 17;12(4):4306-20. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120404306. PubMed PMID: 25898408; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4410249.

Petsonk EL, Rose C, Cohen R. Coal mine dust lung disease. New lessons from old exposure. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Jun 1;187(11):1178-85. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201301-0042CI. Review. PubMed PMID: 23590267.

Hosgood HD 3rd, Chapman RS, Wei H, He X, Tian L, Liu LZ, Lai H, Engel LS, Chen W, Rothman N, Lan Q. Coal mining is associated with lung cancer risk in Xuanwei, China. Am J Ind Med. 2012 Jan;55(1):5-10. doi: 10.1002/ajim.21014. Epub 2011 Oct 10. PubMed PMID: 21987405; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3308012.

Stayner LT, Graber JM. Does exposure to coal dust prevent or cause lung cancer? Occup Environ Med. 2011 Mar;68(3):167-8. doi: 10.1136/oem.2009.048223. Epub 2010 Oct 15. PubMed PMID: 20952553.

Nissenbaum MA, Aramini JJ, Hanning CD. Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health. Noise Health. 2012 Sep-Oct;14(60):237-43. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.102961. PubMed PMID: 23117539.

Shepherd D, McBride D, Welch D, Dirks KN, Hill EM. Evaluating the impact of wind turbine noise on health-related quality of life. Noise Health. 2011 Sep-Oct;13(54):333-9. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.85502. PubMed PMID: 21959113.

Mroczek B, Banas J, Machowska-Szewczyk M, Kurpas D. Evaluation of Quality of Life of Those Living near a Wind Farm. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 May 29;12(6):6066-83. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120606066. PubMed PMID: 26035657; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4483687.

Michaud DS, Feder K, Keith SE, Voicescu SA, Marro L, Than J, Guay M, Denning A, McGuire D, Bower T, Lavigne E, Murray BJ, Weiss SK, van den Berg F. Exposure to wind turbine noise: Perceptual responses and reported health effects. J Acoust Soc Am. 2016 Mar;139(3):1443. doi: 10.1121/1.4942391. PubMed PMID: 27036283.

Chapman S, Joshi K, Fry L. Fomenting Sickness: Nocebo Priming of Residentsabout Expected Wind Turbine Health Harms.Front Public Health. 2014 Dec 12;2:279. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00279. eCollection 2014. Erratum in: Front Public Health. 2015;3:234. PubMed PMID: 25566521; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4264329.

Knopper LD, Ollson CA. Health effects and wind turbines: a review of the literature. Environ Health. 2011 Sep 14;10:78. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-10-78. Review. PubMed PMID: 21914211; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3179699.

Schmidt JH, Klokker M. Health effects related to wind turbine noise exposure: a systematic review. PLoS One. 2014 Dec 4;9(12):e114183. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114183. eCollection 2014. Review. PubMed PMID: 25474326; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4256253.

Kurpas D, Mroczek B, Karakiewicz B, Kassolik K, Andrzejewski W. Health impact of wind farms. Ann Agric Environ Med. 2013;20(3):595-604. PubMed PMID: 24069872.

Abbasi M, Monazzam MR, Akbarzadeh A, Zakerian SA, Ebrahimi MH. Impact of wind turbine sound on general health, sleep disturbance and annoyance of workers: a pilot-study in Manjil wind farm, Iran. J Environ Health Sci Eng. 2015 Oct 12;13:71. doi: 10.1186/s40201-015-0225-8. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26464802; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4603767.

Jeffery RD, Krogh CM, Horner B. Industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects. Can J Rural Med. 2014 Winter;19(1):21-6. Review. Erratum in: Can J Rural Med. 2014 Spring;19(2):56. PubMed PMID: 24398354.

Crichton F, Chapman S, Cundy T, Petrie KJ. The Link between Health Complaints and Wind Turbines: Support for the Nocebo Expectations Hypothesis. Front Public Health. 2014 Nov 11;2:220. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00220. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25426482; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4227478.

McCallum LC, Whitfield Aslund ML, Knopper LD, Ferguson GM, Ollson CA. Measuring electromagnetic fields (EMF) around wind turbines in Canada: is there a human health concern? Environ Health. 2014 Feb 15;13(1):9. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-9. PubMed PMID: 24529028; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3943383.

Castleden WM, Shearman D, Crisp G, Finch P. The mining and burning of coal: effects on health and the environment. Med J Aust. 2011 Sep 19;195(6):333-5. PubMed PMID: 21929497.

Chapman S, St George A, Waller K, Cakic V. The pattern of complaints about Australian wind farms does not match the establishment and distribution of turbines: support for the psychogenic, 'communicated disease' hypothesis. PLoS One. 2013 Oct 16;8(10):e76584. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076584. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24146893; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3797792.

Jenkins WD, Christian WJ, Mueller G, Robbins KT. Population cancer risks associated with coal mining: a systematic review.PLoS One. 2013 Aug 15;8(8):e71312. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071312. eCollection 2013. Review. PubMed PMID: 23977014; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3744577.

Rohr AC, Campleman SL, Long CM, Peterson MK, Weatherstone S, Quick W, Lewis A. Potential Occupational Exposures and Health Risks Associated with Biomass-Based Power Generation. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jul 22;12(7):8542-605. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120708542. Review. PubMed PMID: 26206568; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4515735.

Beeckman LA, Wang ML, Petsonk EL, Wagner GR. Rapid declines in FEV1 and subsequent respiratory symptoms, illnesses, and mortality in coal miners in the United States. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2001 Mar;163(3 Pt 1):633-9. PubMed PMID: 11254516.

Graber JM, Stayner LT, Cohen RA, Conroy LM, Attfield MD. Respiratory disease mortality among US coal miners; results after 37 years of follow-up. Occup Environ Med. 2014 Jan;71(1):30-9. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2013-101597. Epub 2013 Nov 1. Erratum in: Occup Environ Med. 2014 Oct;71(10):738. PubMed PMID: 24186945; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4522914.

Witter RZ, McKenzie L, Stinson KE, Scott K, Newman LS, Adgate J. The use of health impact assessment for a community undergoing natural gas development. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun;103(6):1002-10. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301017. Epub 2013 Apr 18. PubMed PMID: 23597363; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3698738.

Chapman S. Wind farms and health: who is fomenting community anxieties? Med J Aust. 2011 Nov 7;195(9):495. PubMed PMID: 22060068.

Knopper LD, Ollson CA, McCallum LC, Whitfield Aslund ML, Berger RG, Souweine K, McDaniel M. Wind turbines and human health. Front Public Health. 2014 Jun 19;2:63. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00063. eCollection 2014. Review. PubMed PMID: 24995266; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4063257.

Pedersen E, Persson Waye K.Wind turbine noise, annoyance and self-reported health and well-being in different living environments. Occup Environ Med. 2007 Jul;64(7):480-6. Epub 2007 Mar 1. PubMed PMID: 17332136; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2078467.


Onakpoya IJ, O'Sullivan J, Thompson MJ, Heneghan CJ. The effect of wind turbine noise on sleep and quality of life: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Environ Int. 2015 Sep;82:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.04.014. Epub 2015 May 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 25982992.

Crichton F, Dodd G, Schmid G, Gamble G, Petrie KJ. Can expectations produce symptoms from infrasound associated with wind turbines? Health Psychol. 2014 Apr;33(4):360-4. doi: 10.1037/a0031760. Epub 2013 Mar 11. PubMed PMID: 23477573.

Caciari T, Ciarrocca M, Sinibaldi F, Capozzella A, De Sio S, Rosati MV, Fiaschetti M, Marrocco M, Del Grosso S, Tomei F, Tomei G, Sancini A. Coal plant: risk, disease and prevention with on environmental impact. Clin Ter. 2013;164(2):e139-46. doi: 10.7417/CT.2013.1547. Review. PubMed PMID: 23698217.

Michaud DS, Feder K, Keith SE, Voicescu SA, Marro L, Than J, Guay M, Denning A, Murray BJ, Weiss SK, Villeneuve PJ, van den Berg F, Bower T. Effects of Wind Turbine Noise on Self-Reported and Objective Measures of Sleep. Sleep. 2016 Jan 1;39(1):97-109. doi: 10.5665/sleep.5326. PubMed PMID: 26518593; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4678357.

Smith KR, Frumkin H, Balakrishnan K, Butler CD, Chafe ZA, Fairlie I, Kinney P, Kjellstrom T, Mauzerall DL, McKone TE, McMichael AJ, Schneider M. Energy and human health. Annu Rev Public Health. 2013;34:159-88. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031912-114404. Epub 2013 Jan 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 23330697.

Papastefanou C. Escaping radioactivity from coal-fired power plants (CPPs) due to coal burning and the associated hazards: a review. J Environ Radioact. 2010 Mar;101(3):191-200. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2009.11.006. Epub 2009 Dec 14. Review. Erratum in: J Environ Radioact. 2010 Jun;101(6):517. PubMed PMID: 20005612.

Liu X, Salter A, Thomas P, Leigh J, Wang H. Exhaled nitric oxide levels and lung function changes of underground coal miners in Newcastle, Australia. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2010;73(5):437-44. doi: 10.1080/15287390903486592. PubMed PMID: 20155584.

Crichton F, Dodd G, Schmid G, Petrie KJ. Framing sound: Using expectations to reduce environmental noise annoyance. Environ Res. 2015 Oct;142:609-14. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.08.016. PubMed PMID: 26313626.

Hendryx M, Fedorko E, Anesetti-Rothermel A. A geographical information system-based analysis of cancer mortality and population exposure to coal mining activities in West Virginia, United States of America. Geospat Health. 2010 May;4(2):243-56. PubMed PMID: 20503192.

Crichton F, Petrie KJ. Health complaints and wind turbines: The efficacy of explaining the nocebo response to reduce symptom reporting. Environ Res. 2015 Jul;140:449-55. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.04.016. Epub 2015 May 15. PubMed PMID: 25981871.

Claxton LD. The history, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity of carbon-based fuels and their emissions: 1. Principles and background. Mutat Res Rev Mutat Res. 2014 Oct-Dec;762:76-107. doi: 10.1016/j.mrrev.2014.07.001. Epub 2014 Aug 1. Review. PubMed PMID: 25475419.

Claxton LD. The history, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity of carbon-based fuels and their emissions. Part 3: diesel and gasoline. Mutat Res Rev Mutat Res. 2015 Jan-Mar;763:30-85. doi: 10.1016/j.mrrev.2014.09.002. Epub 2014 Sep 22. Review. PubMed PMID: 25795114.

Claxton LD. The history, genotoxicity and carcinogenicity of carbon-based fuels and their emissions: part 4 - alternative fuels. Mutat Res Rev Mutat Res. 2015 Jan-Mar;763:86-102. doi: 10.1016/j.mrrev.2014.06.003. Epub 2014 Jul 12. Review. PubMed PMID: 25795115.

McKenzie LM, Witter RZ, Newman LS, Adgate JL. Human health risk assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas resources. Sci Total Environ. 2012 May 1;424:79-87. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.02.018. Epub 2012 Mar 22. PubMed PMID: 22444058.

Claxton LD. The history, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity of carbon-based fuels and their emissions: part 5. Summary, comparisons, and conclusions. Mutat Res Rev Mutat Res. 2015 Jan-Mar;763:103-47. doi: 10.1016/j.mrrev.2014.10.001. Epub 2014 Oct 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 25795116.

Bakker RH, Pedersen E, van den Berg GP, Stewart RE, Lok W, Bouma J. Impact of wind turbine sound on annoyance, self-reported sleep disturbance and psychological distress. Sci Total Environ. 2012 May 15;425:42-51. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.03.005. Epub 2012 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 22481052.

Poulsen AH, et al. Long-term exposure to wind turbine noise at night and risk for diabetes: A nationwide cohort study.Environ Res. 2018 Apr 14;165:40-45. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.03.040. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29665463.

Cohen RA, Patel A, Green FH. Lung disease caused by exposure to coal mine and silica dust. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2008 Dec;29(6):651-61. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1101275. Epub 2009 Feb 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 19221963.

Harrison RV. On the biological plausibility of Wind Turbine Syndrome. Int J Environ Health Res. 2015;25(5):463-8. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2014.963034. Epub 2014 Oct 8. PubMed PMID: 25295915.

Pedersen E, Waye KP. Perception and annoyance due to wind turbine noise--a dose-response relationship. J Acoust Soc Am. 2004 Dec;116(6):3460-70. PubMed PMID: 15658697.

Poulsen AH, et al. Short-term nighttime wind turbine noise and cardiovascular events: A nationwide case-crossover study from Denmark. Environ Int. 2018 May;114:160-166. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.030. Epub 2018 Mar 2. PubMed PMID: 29505969.

Schomer PD, Erdreich J, Pamidighantam PK, Boyle JH. A theory to explain some physiological effects of the infrasonic emissions at some wind farm sites. J Acoust Soc Am. 2015 Mar;137(3):1356-65. doi: 10.1121/1.4913775. PubMed PMID: 25786948.

McCunney RJ, Mundt KA, Colby WD, Dobie R, Kaliski K, Blais M. Wind turbines and health: a critical review of the scientific literature. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Nov;56(11):e108-30. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000313. Review. PubMed PMID: 25376420.


Buchanan S, Burt E, Orris P. Beyond black lung: scientific evidence of health effects from coal use in electricity generation. J Public Health Policy. 2014 Aug;35(3):266-77. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2014.16. Epub 2014 May 15. PubMed PMID: 24831676.

Chen J, Liu G, Kang Y, Wu B, Sun R, Zhou C, Wu D. Coal utilization in China: environmental impacts and human health.Environ Geochem Health. 2014 Aug;36(4):735-53. doi: 10.1007/s10653-013-9592-1. Epub 2014 Jan 5. Review. PubMed PMID: 24390733.

Michaud DS, et al. Corrigendum: Effects of Wind Turbine Noise on Self-Reported and Objective Measures of Sleep.Sleep. 2018 Mar 27. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsy037. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29596653.

Markandya A, Wilkinson P. Electricity generation and health. Lancet. 2007 Sep 15;370(9591):979-90. Review. PubMed PMID: 17876910.

Mauderly JL, Barrett EG, Gigliotti AP, McDonald JD, Reed MD, Seagrave J, Mitchell LA, Seilkop SK. Health effects of subchronic inhalation exposure to simulated downwind coal combustion emissions. Inhal Toxicol. 2011 May;23(6):349-62. doi: 10.3109/08958378.2011.572932. PubMed PMID: 21605010.

Orem W, Tatu C, Pavlovic N, Bunnell J, Lerch H, Paunescu V, Ordodi V, Flores D, Corum M, Bates A. Health effects of toxic organic substances from coal: toward "panendemic" nephropathy. Ambio. 2007 Feb;36(1):98-102. Review. PubMed PMID: 17408200.

Finkelman RB. Health impacts of coal: facts and fallacies. Ambio. 2007 Feb;36(1):103-6. Review. PubMed PMID: 17408201.

Kovats S, Depledge M, Haines A, Fleming LE, Wilkinson P, Shonkoff SB, Scovronick N. The health implications of fracking.Lancet. 2014 Mar 1;383(9919):757-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62700-2. PubMed PMID: 24581655.

Merritt TD, Cretikos MA, Smith W, Durrheim DN. The health of Hunter Valley communities in proximity to coal mining and power generation, general practice data, 1998-2010. N S W Public Health Bull. 2013 Nov;24(2):57-64. doi: 10.1071/NB12109. PubMed PMID: 24195846.

Chapman S, St George A. How the factoid of wind turbines causing 'vibroacoustic disease' came to be 'irrefutably demonstrated'. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2013 Jun;37(3):244-9. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12066. PubMed PMID: 23731107.

Mandegary A, Sezavar M, Saeedi A, Amirheidari B, Naghibi B. Oxidative stress induced in the workers of natural gas refineries, no role for GSTM1 and GSTT1 polymorphisms. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2012 Dec;31(12):1271-9. doi: 10.1177/0960327112450898. Epub 2012 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 22736250.

Rubin GJ, Burns M, Wessely S. Possible psychological mechanisms for "wind turbine syndrome". On the windmills of your mind. Noise Health. 2014 Mar-Apr;16(69):116-22. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.132099. PubMed PMID: 24804716.

Ahern M, Mullett M, Mackay K, Hamilton C. Residence in coal-mining areas and low-birth-weight outcomes. Matern Child Health J. 2011 Oct;15(7):974-9. doi: 10.1007/s10995-009-0555-1. PubMed PMID: 20091110.

Smedley AR, Webb AR, Wilkins AJ. Potential of wind turbines to elicit seizures under various meteorological conditions.Epilepsia. 2010 Jul;51(7):1146-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2009.02402.x. Epub 2009 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 19919663.

Harding G, Harding P, Wilkins A. Wind turbines, flicker, and photosensitive epilepsy: characterizing the flashing that may precipitate seizures and optimizing guidelines to prevent them. Epilepsia. 2008 Jun;49(6):1095-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2008.01563.x. Epub 2008 Apr 4. PubMed PMID: 18397297.

Roberts JD, Roberts MA. Wind turbines: is there a human health risk? J Environ Health. 2013 Apr;75(8):8-13, 16-7. PubMed PMID: 23621051.

McCunney RJ, Morfeld P, Colby WD, Mundt KA. Wind turbines and health: An examination of a proposed case definition.Noise Health. 2015 Jul-Aug;17(77):175-81. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.160678. PubMed PMID: 26168947.


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