Long-term air pollution exposure increases autoimmune disease risk

Patients who face long-term exposure to air pollution demonstrate a higher risk for developing autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, according to data published in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.
“We have plenty of pre-clinical and animal studies on the effect of air pollution on the immune system,” Giovanni Adami, MD, PhD, of the University of Verona, in Italy, told Healio. “However, there is a dearth of clinical/epidemiological studies on the association between chronic exposure to traffic-derived pollution and the risk of developing autoimmune diseases.”

Patients who face long-term exposure to air pollution demonstrate a higher risk for developing autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, according to data published in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.
“We have plenty of pre-clinical and animal studies on the effect of air pollution on the immune system,” Giovanni Adami, MD, PhD, of the University of Verona, in Italy, told Healio. “However, there is a dearth of clinical/epidemiological studies on the association between chronic exposure to traffic-derived pollution and the risk of developing autoimmune diseases.”