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…

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…