Updated Oct. 21, 2107
*Immune suppression, inflammatory bowel disease, bacterial infections, lupus, juvenile arthritis, infant mortality, sleep apnea, obesity and suicide are elevated in populations exposed to more air pollution. Prenatal exposure has a particularly strong association with childhood obesity.
*Air pollution can induce liver toxicity, accelerate liver inflammation and steastosis.
*Air pollution increases infant mortality and rates of SIDS
*Air pollution causes systemic oxidative stress, triggers the inflammatory chemical cascade, endothelial cell death, cytotoxicity, macrophage infiltration, and increases lipid deposition. Particulate matter penetrates intracellular structures.
* Air pollution accelerates the aging process and shortens the lengths of telomeres, even in newborns
* Wood smoke is uniquely toxic, the most toxic type of air pollution that most people are ever exposed to.
*Even short term air pollution decreases fertility
*Air pollution is associated with decreased kidney function