Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPDs) constitute a social problem of widespread interest. These diseases increase slowly and constantly. Air pollution and its impact on public health continually repropose certain absolute priorities, such as the pin-pointing of strategies to control the pollution sources, the planning of observational studies and the epidemic control. This work shows that a climate marked by always windy weather and low humidity and with low chemical pollutant concentrations (Pietracupa; Molise, Italy) is connected to smaller prevalence of COPDs in comparison with big cities like Rome. Living in non-polluted areas, the benefits of a healthy climate in terms of an improvement in breathing and bronchial hyperactivity reduction, may only in part be backed up by epidemic evidence; however, they are a solid base on which to build definite research projects which can effectively validate it even from an experimental point of view supported by statistics.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adic.200490080|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000224464500003|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-4644366538|
|Titolo:||Influence of air pollution on chronic obstructive respiratory diseases: Comparison between city (Rome) and hillcountry environments and climates|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|