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Wildfire Smoke Can Be Worse For Us Than Other Pollutants

Conrad Wilson / OPB

If you spent a couple of smoky summers in our region, you know how irritating wildfire smoke can be.

Recent research out of the Scripps Institution at UC-San Diego goes further: it shows that wildfire smoke can be more harmful to human lungs than particulate matter from other pollution sources.

Earlier studies relied upon laboratory studies, but this one works with a much larger sample in the real world, specifically hospital admissions. Lead researchers Rosana Aguilera and Tom Corringham join us for an overview.

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