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Vehicular pollution escalates asthma risk in children: study

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Published : Nov 19, 2016, 8:17 pm IST
Updated : Nov 19, 2016, 8:17 pm IST

The exposure is associated with increased plasma levels of interleukin 31 (IL-31), a cytokine that promotes allergic inflammation.

Children living in closer proximity to a major road had higher levels of some cytokines that regulate immune responses and inflammation known to have a role in asthma. (Photo: AP)
 Children living in closer proximity to a major road had higher levels of some cytokines that regulate immune responses and inflammation known to have a role in asthma. (Photo: AP)

Washington D.C.: A recent study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Journal showed that residential distance to a major road (a marker of exposure to traffic-related air pollution TRAP) is associated with increased allergic inflammation.

The exposure is associated with increased plasma levels of interleukin 31 (IL-31), a cytokine that promotes allergic inflammation.

In the article, Franziska Rosser, co-authors of the study, compared the blood levels of cytokines - signaling chemicals produced by the immune system that can stimulate inflammation - in children with and without asthma.

Children living in closer proximity to a major road had higher levels of some cytokines that regulate immune responses and inflammation known to have a role in asthma.

"Exposure to traffic-related air pollution has been associated with increased prevalence of new onset asthma in children and exacerbations in children with pre-existing asthma," she said.

Tags: asthma, allergic inflammation, air pollution