Living close to a busy road is associated with a higher risk of death due to bronchiectasis, a new study revealed. The research has added to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the damaging effects of road-side pollution.
The study investigated the association between the residential distance to a main road and the number of deaths in a group of 189 people with non- cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis between June 2006 and October 2012.
The researchers used hazard ratios to estimate the risk of death. The findings showed that participants were less likely to die from bronchiectasis the further they lived from a major road.
The study is to be presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress in Barcelona.