Balancing the benefits of physical activity and the potential detrimental effects of enhanced exposure to air pollution during such activity has become an important public concern, especially in those regions with significant air pollution. This first large cohort study on “Particulate matter air pollution, physical activity and systemic inflammation in Taiwanese adults” finds that the effects of physical activity and exposure to particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm are independent from each other (Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017 Oct 7. pii: S1438-4639(17)30417-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.10.001. [Epub ahead of print]).
Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof Xiang-qian Lao of our School of Public Health and Primary Care. Prof Lao’s interest is in using epidemiologic approaches to explore environmental and genetic risks of chronic diseases.