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Airway macrophage carbon content and lung function

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Atmospheric pollution with particulate matter <10 μm (PM10) in aerodynamic diameter has an adverse effect on lung function in children. A major component of PM10 is black carbon, consisting of a carbon core with added trace metals and organic compounds. In adults, the amount of carbon in the lung at autopsy reflects the degree of long-term exposure to PM10. Now, a study in Leicester …

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