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Long-term health effects of exposure to heavy forest fire smoke
« on: February 19, 2019, 07:47:23 PM »
Two articles.  First, from Montana:

Montana Public Radio, 2/12/19: Lung Function Decline Continued One Year After Rice Ridge Fire, Research Shows

..."I expected that the lung function results would be the lowest immediately after 50 days of smoke inhalation, and that given a year, it would give people that much time to rebound and start getting back to normal."

But people’s lungs didn’t rebound. They got worse. ...

"Almost everybody, 90 percent of the people that came back to be tested, all their lung function dropped. One person didn't change at all, and two people slightly increased."...

This was a very small study (about 30 people, and skewed towards the elderly).  So obviously the results are not definitive.

And in Indonesia:

Duke University, 2/19/19: Forest Fires Stunt Growth, Cause Permanent Loss of Human Potential

Forest fires are more harmful than previously imagined, causing stunted growth in children who were exposed to smoke while in the womb, according to new research from Duke University and the National University of Singapore.

The authors found pre-natal exposure to haze from forest fires led to a statistically significant 1.3 inches decrease in expected height at age 17. ...

In 1997, which was an abnormally dry year, fires set to clear land primarily for oil palm plantations spread and burned out of control. ...

The study examined data for 560 affected children who were in utero or in the first six months of life at the time of the fires. ...