29 Oct '17, 12pm

Air Pollution Decreases Good Bacteria in Our Airways, Study Shows - The Green Optimistic

Air pollution increases cases of respiratory diseases and risks for other critical illnesses such as heart disease. How it affects our body’s condition can be linked to its effect on the diversity of microbes existing in our respiratory tracts, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Milan. The study shows that air particulates tend to decrease the microbial diversity in our airways. More importantly, it seems that the higher the density of pollutants in ambient air, the lower the concentration of good bacteria and the higher the concentration of bad bacteria in our respiratory tracts. The team, led by Jacob Mariani, executed the study by taking nasal swabs of 40 people and identified the various types of bacteria present using genetic sequencing. The resulting populations of bacteria were then correlated to the air pollution level recorded by ...

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