Air Pollution Impacts Lung Health of Asthma Patients

Earth & Environmental Sciences
Naomi Shah – USA

Environmental studies have consistently shown an association between air pollution and exacerbations of illness in people with respiratory diseases such as asthma. Most medical practitioners currently attribute any degradation in lung health to …

pathophysiological factors and routinely suggest steroids and other inhaler treatments to alleviate respiratory disorders. No model currently quantifies the degradation based on airborne pollutants. The hypothesis of this project was that Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF) rate of asthmatic subjects varies inversely with the concentration level of four pollutants.The hypothesis was largely supported because a strong inverse correlation was inferred between the degradation in PEF rate and the PM10 and TVOC levels, but not between the CO2 and CO concentration levels.

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