Arsenic is a major environmental toxicant, not only in the Southwestern United States, but also throughout the world. Understanding the effects of inhaled arsenic in arid climates is particularly relevant.
Environmental Arsenic (As) exposure causes non-malignant lung diseases such as COPD and bronchiectasis. Both pathologies have been associated with the infectious etiology. Recently, a lung microbiome study provides evidence that a particular bacterial phylum is associated with severe COPD. Based on Dr. Rogelio recio Vega's data, the kids exposed to high arsenic containing drinking water had high incidence of infection. In our preliminary study, As repressed airway major mucin expression both in vivo and in vitro.
The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and SWEHSC researcher Jeff Burgess recently received a $1.4 million grant from the
TUCSON, Ariz.−Eric Lutz, PhD, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, received a $90,000 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to determine which air purifying respirator is most effective for firefighters.