New study shows that effects of wildfire exposure are more severe than previously anticipated

Study results will be presented at the upcoming ATS conference in Dallas on Sunday, May 19, 2:15-4:15 PM, Trinity Ballroom 5-7: A2480/1001

FLUIDDA, in collaboration with researchers at UC Davis, studied the effect of exposure to airborne particles caused by wildfires in newborn, non-human primates. The study, using Functional Respiratory Imaging, showed significant abnormalities in the exposed monkeys compared to a control group of healthy animals. Inhalation of smoke shortly after birth led to smaller lungs, reduced capacity of the lungs to breath, as well as abnormalities in the blood vessels in the lungs. As a new intense wildfire season has been predicted in and around California, adequate measures need to be taken to preserve the health of high risk groups such as newborns, the elderly and firefighters.

Californian Wildfire (photo by NASA, November 2018)

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