Published: 9th Jul 2019

Air pollution has twice the impact on lung function for members of lower-income households, research has suggested, and it increases their risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by three times. Scientists from universities in Canada, Switzerland and the UK studied the data of over 300,000 people aged 40-69 who enrolled in the UK Biobank study to examine whether exposure to PM10, PM2.5 and NO2 was linked to changes in lung function. They also wanted to find out whether it affected participants’ risk of developing COPD, which according to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project is the third leading cause of death worldwide. The research has been published today (July 9, 2019) in the European Respiratory Journal and reveals a wide disparity in how air pollution affects people from different economic backgrounds. Researchers put the gap down to poorer housing conditions or diet, worse access to healthcare or … (To read the full article, subscribe below)