Mechanisms and Treatment of Deployment-Related Lung Injury: Repair of the Injured Epithelium
Technical Report,30 Sep 2018,29 Sep 2019
NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH DENVER CO DENVER United States
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Since 2001, more than 2.8 million military personnel, DoD contractors, and US government and NGO employees supporting the war effort have been deployed to Southwest Asia. They have been exposed to a variety of hazardous conditions during deployment including direct physical lung injury from explosions as well as chronic exposures from inhalation of airborne PM and other harmful chemicals, including smoke from burn pits, sand, and geogenic dust containing potentially toxic metals such as titanium, cadmium, aluminum, and lead. Exposure to cigarette smoke is an additional risk factor for respiratory disease in these individuals. Consequently, mounting evidence demonstrates that military personnel returning from Southwest Asia have increased rates of respiratory symptoms compared to non-deployed military personnel.
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