Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What is causing the rise in black lung disease?

Silica exposure is a driving force behind rising rates of coal workers' pneumoconiosis, according to a new study published by occupational health experts at the University of Illinois Chicago and their collaborators.

Health

What is dust? And where does it all come from?

Everything in our homes gathers dust. But what exactly is it? Where does it come from, and why does it keep coming back? Is it from outside? Is it fibers from our clothes and cells from our skin?

Medical research

An asthma vaccine effective in mice

Inserm teams led by Laurent Reber (Infinity, Toulouse) and Pierre Bruhns (Humoral Immunity, Institut Pasteur, Paris) and French company NEOVACS have developed a vaccine that could induce long-term protection against allergic ...

Health

Dust at work can lead to rheumatic diseases

If you are exposed to silica (quartz) dust at work—e.g. from working with concrete and granite—you have a greater risk of certain types of rheumatic disease. This is shown by results from Aarhus University and Aarhus ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Hand-held device measures aerosols for coronavirus risk assessment

Because of the role they play in coronavirus transmission, understanding aerosol concentrations and persistence in public spaces can help determine infection risks. However, measuring these concentrations is difficult, requiring ...

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Dust

Dust is a general name for minute solid particles with diameters less than 20 thou (500 micrometers). Particles in the atmosphere arise from various sources such as soil dust lifted up by wind, volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments consist primarily of human skin cells, but also contain small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.

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