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Health effects of ozone

Robert B. Devlin, James A. Raub, Lawrence J. Folinsbee
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 4 Number 3: Page 8 (June 1997)

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Abstract: Ozone is the principal component of photochemical air pollution and is formed when natural or man-made volatile organic compunds react with oxides of nitrogen in the presence of sunlight. Exposing animals and juman volunteers to controlled concentrations of ozone shows the importance of ozone in the adverse effects of breathing polluted ait. inflammatory injury as will as neurally mediated changes in lung function induced by high levels of ozone are thought to result mainly from the formation of free radicals. Susceptibility to ozone varies across the population, but people with pre-existing respiratory disease are especially vulnerable.

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