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Traffic pollution and wood smoke worsens asthma in adults

Adult asthma sufferers experience worse symptoms when frequently exposed to heavy traffic pollution or smoke from wood fire heaters, according to research from the University of Melbourne.

Symptoms increased by 80% in asthmatics exposed to traffic exhaust, while those who inhaled wood smoke experienced an 11% increase in their symptoms, but neither irritant was found to cause the onset of asthma.

Researchers suggested that clean burning practices and the replacement of old polluting wood stoves could assist sufferers.

Read more at The University of Melbourne