Genetics And Pollution Drive Severity of Asthma Symptoms

Source: National Institutes of Health

Summary: According to researchers, asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution.

A condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swell

The research suggests when individuals with specific variations in certain genes are exposed to traffic pollution, they display more intense asthma symptoms than people that lack those same gene variations. Credit: NIEHS

More Information: Shepherd H. Schurman et al, “Toll-like Receptor 4 Pathway Polymorphisms Interact with Pollution to Influence Asthma Diagnosis and Severity”, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30865-0


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