Nearly 2 billion children worldwide breath toxic, polluted air

Air pollution is a significant problem for global health, especially in low- to middle-income countries where air quality is not up to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Exposure to air pollution worsens existing disease and can increase a person’s risk of dying from lung cancer, lung infections, stroke, heart disease, and COPD. Among children,…

Global air pollution decrease life expectancy by 1 year

Air pollution has been related to a variety of diseases that can cause premature death including: heart disease, strokes, lung cancer, and COPD. Air pollution is composed of a variety of gases (carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, etc) and particulate matter. Particulate matter is often grouped into two categories; PM2.5 which is less than 2.5 micros…

Diabetes drug could help treat pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a group of diseases that result in fibrosis of the lung causing it to become stiff and making it progressively harder to breath. There can be many causes of pulmonary fibrosis including radiation, severe infection, environmental exposures, or the cause can be unknown in which case it is dubbed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis…

In Bradford UK, 1 in every 3 new cases of asthma may be attributable to air pollution

Air pollution, specifically that originating from diesel engines, has been linked with increased risk of developing asthma, worsening of asthma symptoms, and increased risk of hospitalization due to asthma related problems. Nitrogen oxides (NO2, NOx) and small particulate matter, produced by the combustion of diesel, are considered to be the offending compounds that are linked to asthma…

Abnormal airway branching in the lung increases risk for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that results in damage to the airways (Bronchitis) and destruction of the small air sacs, called alveoli (Emphysema). Traditionally considered a smoker’s disease, COPD can also appear in people exposed to indoor air pollution (wood burning stoves) and air pollution. Not everyone who smokes will…