Navigation Links
High Smog Levels Might Threaten Lung Transplant Success
Date:3/23/2011

WEDNESDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to high levels of traffic pollution doubles the risk of organ rejection and death in lung transplant patients, a new study suggests.

Belgian researchers tracked the health of 281 lung transplant patients over a five-year period, and found that 117 (41 percent) developed a serious inflammatory condition called bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome. Of those patients, 61 died.

The syndrome, which is caused by an overactive immune system and is the clinical equivalent of organ rejection, is common in lung transplant patients.

The researchers found that patients who lived within 171 meters (187 yards) of a main road were twice as likely to develop the syndrome and more than twice as likely to die within five years, compared to patients who lived farther away from a main road.

The study authors also concluded that every tenfold increase in distance from a main road was associated with a 43 percent reduced risk of developing the syndrome and a 28 percent reduced risk of death.

Gender, age or type of lung transplantation (single or double) had no effect on the risk of death.

The researchers also found that the farther patients lived from a main road, the lower their levels of inflammatory markers.

The findings suggest that one in four cases of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome and 28 percent of deaths in lung transplant patients could be attributed to living near a major road, the researchers concluded.

"Traffic related air pollution appears to constitute a serious risk ... If confirmed by other studies, [it] has substantial clinical and public health implications," the researchers noted.

The study appears online in the journal Thorax.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about lung transplantation.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Thorax, news release, March 23, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Low levels of natural antibodies behind stroke
2. LifeScan Recalls Specific Lots of Consumer and Professional OneTouch(R) SureStep(R) Test Strips Due To Inaccurate Readings at High Levels
3. MatchMySport.com Aims to Reduce Obesity Levels Through Sports Participation by Finding Sports Partners/Players/Teams
4. Healthy Aging Icon Ups Patient Motivational Levels, Signs His Personal Trainer To Age-Management Team
5. Teamwork Unlikely to Improve Cholesterol Levels
6. K-State professor finds link between low oxygen levels in body and cancer-aiding protein
7. Study: Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Higher Rates of Asthma in African American Kids
8. High levels of mercury found in Cataraqui River: Queens study
9. Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
10. Painkillers Lower Estrogen Levels, May Explain Cancer Reduction Risk
11. Another perk of painkillers? Decreased hormone levels may reduce cancer risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
High Smog Levels Might Threaten Lung Transplant Success
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their ... in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating ... of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, ... M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. ... the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC ... by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment ... resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) sponsors ... on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, ... to helping service members that have been wounded in battle and their families. Venture ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dublin ... of the " Global Markets for Spectroscopy Equipment" ... This report focuses on the global ... including its applications in various applications. The report deals ... three main industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food and beverage, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) today ... allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily share health care ... coverage decisions, a move that addresses the growing need ... The recommendations address restrictions in the sharing of product ... a prohibition that hinders decision makers from accessing HCEI ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated ... by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients ... hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients ... get any needed testing done in the comfort of her own ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: