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New study shows air pollution may be causing kidney disease


A team of scientists from Washington University in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System have found an association between tiny particulate matter and kidney disease.


Providing still further evidence that essential micronutrients are highly effective in protecting human health, a recent study from the United States found that high-dose B vitamins may “completely offset” the damage caused by the most dangerous type of air pollution. Published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, the researchers showed that exposure to fine particulate matter of the type produced by burning fossil fuels in motor vehicles can be mitigated by a daily supplement of B vitamins. With such pollution being known to have significant adverse effects on human health, the finding has profound implications for public health policies worldwide.

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