Thursday, October 24 2013, 10:44 AM MDT
Dr. Robert Paine: Air Quality & Heal Linked
(KUTV) Is poor air quality linked to cancer? New research findings about air quality issues are important to the quality of life for those living in Utah.
Dr. Robert Paine is the chief of the Division of Respiratory in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He joined us in studio to educate us on the relation between air quality and health.
Question: the world health organization just did a study on air quality's link to cancer. What did they find? Whose agency for research on cancer now classifies air pollution as "carcinogenic"?
Polluted air contains cancer-causing substances.
They say polluted air plays a greater role in causing cancer than 'passive' smoking does.
Air pollution responsible for 3.2 million deaths in 2010 - including 223,000 lung cancer deaths.
Question: what is unique about Utah's air quality situation?
High levels of particulate matter in the winter (inversion).
High summertime levels of ozone.
Question: why is it important to look at air quality from a public health perspective?
It is linked not only to cancer but asthma, depression and problems during pregnancy.
Question: the University of Utah has a new program to study air quality. What can you tell us about it? What are some of the things you are studying?
First year of Program for Air Quality, Health and Society is working on.
Bringing together investigators from across the University of Utah and beyond to establish multidisciplinary collaborations devoted to studies concerning air quality.
Become a recognized, credible resource for information concerning air quality for use by universities, business and industry, education, and public policy decision makers.
Exploit the distinctive and varied environment in the state to generate new knowledge concerning the impact of air quality on human health and society.
Explore all facets of air pollution, from its generation to health-effects mechanisms in individuals to societal implications and ways to reduce or mitigate these effects.
They've been working on several studies; including one that explores the impact wood burning has on air quality levels. That study suggests wood burning as a negative impact during high pollution times of year.
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