According to a new study by researchers from the University of Columbia, Harvard, and Boston after analyzing the lungs of over 2,000 participants and the effects of anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) has on them said taking aspirin may reduce the adverse effects of air pollution on your body.
The study titled “Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs modify the effect of short-term air pollution on lung function”, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that after using the drug the side effects of pollution on a person’s lung were lessened by 50 percent.
The particulate matter, which is a mix of solid and liquid particles suspended in air that are hazardous to a person, come from a range of sources such as vehicles, coal-fired power plants and burning of fossil fuels.
“Our findings suggest that aspirin and other NSAIDs may protect the lungs from short-term spikes in air pollution,” stated first and corresponding author Xu Gao, PhD, a post-doctoral research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia Mailman School, in a press release.
“Of course, it is still important to minimize our exposure to air pollution, which is linked to a host of adverse health effects, from cancer to cardiovascular disease.”
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17 November, 2019