This article speaks about the increased risk of emphysema and related lung problems among those who live in areas with higher air pollution such as high traffic roads etc.
According to research, air pollution can be responsible for worsening symptoms of problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as other serious lung conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
A study involving 53 thousand Danish adults observed over a 35 year period, found that those people who were seen to have the greatest exposure to traffic pollution were the most likely to develop COPD.
95% cases of COPD are due to smoking and other environmental factors, such as heavy exposure to dust from coal, grain or wood.
In another study conducted in Canada, it was found that antibiotics administered to infants in the first year of life could be responsible for causing asthma and allergies later in life.
According to researchers, antibiotics given to infants changed the intestinal bacteria in the gut, which may be responsible for health problems later in life.
Good gut bacteria or microbiota help to absorb nutrients and fight infection and the growth of this kind of bacteria could be impeded due to antibiotics in the earliest part of life, leading to problems later on.