Major Air Pollutants Appear to Raise Risk of Acute Exacerbations in IPF

Major Air Pollutants Appear to Raise Risk of Acute Exacerbations in IPF

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Major Air Pollutants Appear to Raise Risk of Acute Exacerbations in IPF

Long-term exposure to air pollutants — nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and fine particle matter — appears to greatly raise the risk of acute exacerbations, or sudden bouts of symptom worsening, in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a study of patients in Greece reported. “Our findings show consistent positive associations” between previous year mean exposure and a flare risk, “suggesting that ambient air pollution may represent one of a series of factors that could trigger acute exacerbation in…

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