Need another reason to quit smoking? Read this study
In case there wasn't enough scientific information out there telling you not to smoke, a new study has been published that links cigarette smoke to allergies. But this time it's not your health that you have to worry about. This new study suggests that children less than one year old who have been exposed to secondhand smoke can experience changes in allergy-related stem cells in their bodies.
The research was conducted at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany and published in the British journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy.
Specifically, the scientists focused on looking at progenitor cells, which are found in bone marrow and thought of as a link between stem cells and specialized cells. Previous studies have shown that these cells are also connected in some way to allergies. It has been proven that those who suffer from allergies have an increased amount of these progenitor cells, as well as the fact that when these cells are present in the umbilical cord, a child is at a higher risk for developing allergies later in life.
The study revealed that infants who were afflicted with the common allergic skin rash known colloquially as cradle cap had higher levels of progenitor cells in their bloodstream. And when a child was already afflicted, the research shows that children who had been exposed to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particularly those in cigarette smoke, had many more of these cells.
Thiis contributes to the large amount of information that's on record as to why smoking is bad for your health. This is particularly true for asthma sufferers. If you do have allergies or asthma, you can help to alleviate your symptoms by making use of a whole house air purifier, and washing bedding every two weeks to rid them of pet dander and other allergens.
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