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Denver's brown cloud, a regular during the winter, is especially visible from the nearby foothills. It's not pretty and it's not good for us. A few basic tidbits of information (and you can get more here). Studies show the biggest contributors to air pollution are particulates (aka particulate matter or just PM) and ground level ozone. PM are these teeny solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air, mostly soot (from diesel and coal burning), dust, and vehicle emissions. It's actually the smallest ones (those 2.5 to 10 micrometers or less in diameter) that are the baddest apples. Both can cause health problems, but PM2.5 is the more dangerous of them, mostly because it gets inhaled deeply into the lungs and trapped where it can cause damage. PM2.5 can aggravate heart diseases such as congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease. PM10 is often just dust and is typically filtered by your nose hair and lung cilia, and eventually just coughed out. Hack. If you've got heart disease, PM can cause chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath and fatigue. PM2.5 is also linked to cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks; and those pesky particles can aggravate lung diseases like asthma and bronchitis. Those little suckers can also increase your susceptibility to respiratory infections. No shocker, but children are more susceptible to the health risks of PM2.5 because their immune and respiratory systems are still developing. Breathing in PM by children is linked to acute and chronic respiratory problems such as asthma, and PM2.5 pollution can stunt lung development in children and decreased lung function into adulthood.
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