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…

Exposure to pollution in utero increase the risk of lung inflammation in mice for 3 generations

New research published monthly continues to shed light on the negative health effects of air pollution which include aggravation of existing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, development of chronic diseases like asthma and heart disease, and even an early risk of death. Traditionally considered to be reserved for severe pollution events, the health concerns surrounding air…

Indonesian forest fires, the largest in two decades, exposed 69 million people to unhealthy air quality

Global climate change is making warm, drought like conditions across the globe more common. A contributing factor to the change in global climate is deforestation of rainforests for agricultural use in Indonesia and the Amazon. The deforestation process involves burning away native vegetation, which releases carbon dioxide (CO2) stored in the vegetation and in turn contributes…

92% of the worlds population is living with polluted air

Outdoor air pollution is estimated to be linked to 3 million deaths world wide per year. Including indoor sources into the estimate we find that around 6 million deaths world wide are attributed to air pollution. That is 11.6% of all global deaths! Most of these deaths come from complications with the heart, lungs, or brain.…

Exposure to urban air pollution weakens kid’s lungs

Your lungs continue to develop well after you are born usually until the age of 3 but maybe even into your late teens. This means that any exposure to harmful compounds (cigarette smoke, pollution, toxic fumes) could likely have profound impacts on the way your lungs grow. Alterations in the way your lungs grow could…

Air pollution kills millions of people each year

By now you have surely seen the pictures of the hazy pollution filled days in Beijing. The level of pollution there seems almost unbelievable but its not even the worst. At the time of writing this article, the real-time pollution index in a small town called Saint-Denis on the French controlled island of Réunion in…