Letters Particulate matter and disease

Effects of particulate matter from global burning of biomass

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7307 (Published 15 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7307
  1. Andrew J Ghio, medical officer1
  1. 1Human Studies Facility, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 104 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27799-7315, USA
  1. ghio.andy{at}epa.gov

Using mathematical modelling, Basu and colleagues show that cigarette smoking will increase the numbers of tuberculosis cases and deaths world wide,1 but they do not evaluate other potentially contributory factors. Cigarette smoking is a particle related injury in which functional groups at the surface of retained particulate matter accumulate host iron.2 The …

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