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We would like to inform you that on December 18, the English version of the GAeF position paper on understanding the role of aerosol particles in SARS-CoV-2 infection has been published.


University of Leeds researchers are taking part in a new Born in Bradford project with primary school children across the city – to measure levels of pollution and its impact on health.
The landmark Born in Bradford (BiB) research programme, based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, has launched the ‘BiB Breathes’ study, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The study has been set up in response to plans by Bradford Council to introduce a Clean Air Zone in Bradford to try to reduce levels of pollution in the city.


Bonfire Night celebrations contaminate our air with hugely elevated amounts of soot, scientists have discovered.
Researchers from the University of Leeds tested air quality during Guy Fawkes Night events in the city – and found soot in the atmosphere was around 100 times its normal level.
Soot, or black carbon, is produced by incomplete combustion. Black carbon particles are so small, they can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause irritation. Long term exposure can cause harmful effects on the heart and lungs and contributes to millions of deaths worldwide each year. The team took hourly air quality samples on the university campus during Bonfire Night celebrations in 2016 and 2017.
Equipment was set up on the School of Earth and Environment balcony, 15m from ground level and more than 0.5 km from any individual bonfires or firework displays, to give a representative view of the air quality across the city.


A new treatment for stomach cancer in which chemotherapy drugs are delivered in aerosol form directly to the site needing treatment rather than systemically is showing some promise in decreasing the well-known and debilitating side effects from traditional chemotherapy.
Pressurised Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC) involves laparoscopy, whereby the anaesthetised patient has an incision made in the abdominal wall, following by injection of air to create a cavity into which the aerosolised drug is sprayed and left for 30 minutes to allow the aerosol to deposit, before the remainder is pumped out and the incisions sutured.


An unintended negative consequence of cleaning up our air could be to increase the severity of heatwaves in some places, according to a recent modelling study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh.
Whilst most observers recognise the pressing need to reduce ambient air pollution for health reasons, the reduction in production of aerosol at ground level, which can act as cloud condensation nuclei when transported into the atmosphere, mean that average daytime maximum temperatures would be increased.


While the adverse health effects of gasoline and diesel exhaust particulates are relatively well known, less is known about effects from the particles produced by aircraft jet engines.
A collaborative study between the University of Bern, Empa and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) has shown that damage to lung cells and inflammation can occur after direct exposure to primary particles from an aircraft engine, with effects relating to the operating conditions of the turbine engine and fuel composition.

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