Afghanistan desert particulate matter promotes inflammatory signaling and airway hyperresponsiveness
Since the start of post-September 11th, 2001 combat operations in Afghanistan, increasing numbers of soldiers have returned from deployment with symptoms consistent with an asthma-like airways disease. This Deployment Related Lung Disease (DRLD) can affect any soldier, regardless of job duty, smoking status, or length and number of deployments. However, why some soldiers get sick while other do not, and why the disease persists in the post deployment setting remain to be elucidated. It was thought that prolonged, repeated inhalation of Afghanistan desert particulate matter (APM) may contribute ...
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