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New study indicates a link between air pollution and tuberculosis

Findings in a recent study correlate a potential link between exposure to common urban air pollutants and a change in the function of immune cells required to protect the body from bacteria that causes tuberculosis, reports Zee News.

According to scientists from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, exposure to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) suppresses the function of phagocytic immune cells (blood cells that ingest foreign particles such as bacteria) on a cellular level.

"In laboratory experiments using DEP generated from an automobile diesel engine as model air pollutant particles, and blood samples gathered from 20 healthy individuals, we demonstrated that exposure to DEP makes cells less responsive," Dr. Stephan Schwander, lead researcher of the study, told the news source.

Homeowners living in urban airs concerned with the health risks linked to air pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce risk by limiting exposure. Breathing in contaminated air that is rife with pollutants such as diesel exhaust particles can irritate respiratory conditions, lead to the development of asthma, some cancers and increase stroke and heart attack risk. To keep you and your family safe, purchase an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.