Air pollution thickens the blood and boosts inflammation

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Air pollution thickens the blood and boosts inflammation

Feb 21, 2005, 16:19

By Ashwin, UK Correspondent
RxPG NEWS Service

A new study may help to explain why air pollution is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and worsening respiratory problems. Air pollution, and especially particulate matter, thickens the blood and boosts inflammation, finds experimental research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Reference:
The procoagulant potential of environmental particles (PM10)
P S Gilmour, E R Morrison, M A Vickers, I Ford, C A Ludlam,
M Greaves, K Donaldson, and W MacNee
Occup Environ Med 2005; 62: 164-171.

 

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