Air Pollution May Damage Kidneys

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Air Pollution May Damage Kidneys
Air Pollution May Damage Kidneys

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may lead to kidney damage, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Ziyad Al-Aly, M.D., director of clinical epidemiology at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System, and colleagues analyzed data from 2,482,737 U.S. military veterans who were followed for 8.52 years.

The researchers found that as exposure to particulate matter air pollution increased, so did the risk of poorer kidney function, kidney disease, and kidney failure. The strongest link between air pollution and kidney damage was seen in southern California and large swaths of the Midwest, the Northeast, and the South. The results suggest that each year in the United States, 44,793 new cases of chronic kidney disease and 2,438 new cases of kidney failure are associated with particle pollution exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended limit.

"Even levels below the limit set by the EPA were harmful to the kidneys," Al-Aly said in a journal news release. "This suggests that there is no safe level of air pollution."

Abstract
Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Australian Researchers Develop First Blood Test for Melanoma

Australian Researchers Develop First Blood Test for Melanoma

10 autoantibody biomarkers together display high sensitivity, specificity

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

<i>Salmonella</i> Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

21 people have fallen ill; five people have been hospitalized; no deaths reported to date

Mental Health No Different for Offspring of Lesbian Parents

Mental Health No Different for Offspring of Lesbian ...

No notable difference in mental health for offspring with sexual minority parents, matched sample

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »