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The health effects of fossil fuel derived particles
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  1. J Grigg
  1. Leicester Children's Asthma Centre, Institute for Lung Health, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J Grigg, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Leicester Children's Asthma Centre, Institute for Lung Health, University of Leicester, Leicester LE2 7LX, UK;
    jg33{at}le.ac.uk

Abstract

Over the past 10 years there has been increasing evidence that particles generated by the combustion of fossil fuels adversely affect health. To what extent should paediatricians be concerned about particle pollution? This review assesses what we know, and what we still need to know about the health effects of fossil fuel particles.

  • pollution
  • PM10
  • health effects
  • AM, alveolar macrophage
  • DEP, diesel exhaust particles
  • PEF, peak expiratory flow
  • PM, particulate matter
  • TSP, total suspended particulate matter
  • UF, ultrafine
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