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Asthma

22 June 2011

Air pollution tied to uncontrollable asthma

A strong association exists between long-term exposure to air pollution and uncontrolled asthma, new research indicates.

A strong association exists between long-term exposure to air pollution and uncontrolled asthma, new research indicates.

There was a strong association between poorer asthma control and levels of ozone and particulate matter. The risk of uncontrolled asthma was 69% higher among those with long-term exposure to ozone and 35% higher for those with long-term exposure to particulate matter.

 

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Professor Keertan Dheda has received of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others.Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

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