Study: Even slight bump in pollution affects young lungs

This article discusses the deleterious impact even slight amounts of air pollution has on children’s health.

The largest study of its kind tracked more than 100,000 Utah patients and found even a slight uptick in fine particulate pollution triggers childhood lung infections.

Researchers at the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare and Brigham Young University spent 15 years studying 146,397 individuals treated for acute lower respiratory infection along the Wasatch Front.

“The most important finding of this study is that infectious processes of respiratory disease may be influenced by particulate matter pollution at various levels,” said lead author Dr. Benjamin Horne, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray. “The exact biological implications of the study’s findings require further investigation.”

The study was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Friday.

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