House Dust Endotoxin and Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema

SSS research data analyst Jesse Wilkerson is among the authors of an article in Environmental Health Perspectives that describes a study of the association between house dust endotoxin and chronic bronchitis and emphysema (CBE) based on data from the 2005–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Endotoxin—released when a bacterial cell disintegrates—has been reported associated with CBE in high occupational exposures. Endotoxin levels in homes were also associated with CBE and chronic bronchitis symptoms, with stronger associations among people sensitized to inhalant allergens. Other authors of the article include researchers from University of Iowa and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and former SSS staff.

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