Diesel Fumes & Your Health

Holland Groves
Exploring current literature and news regarding the adverse health effects of diesel fumes and exhaust.

Diesel Fumes Can Alter DNA, Study Warns

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 6:35 AM
A recent study from the University of British Columbia has concluded that exposure to diesel fumes alters DNA.  In the wake of increasing public health concerns about air pollution and its health effects, the study compared exposures to both diesel fumes and filtered air.  Those participants exposed to diesel fumes were documented to have numerous changes to DNA sites, while those exposed to filtered air were not.

Cells become cancer cells because of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) damage. DNA is in every cell and it directs all its actions. In a normal cell, when DNA is damaged the cell either repairs the damage or dies. In cancer cells, the damaged DNA is not repaired, but the cell doesn’t die like it should. Instead, the cell goes on making new cells that the body doesn’t need. These new cells all have the same damaged DNA as the first abnormal cell does. (Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/what-is-cancer).


Diesel fumes increase risk of childhood brain tumours, study finds

by ej on
Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:04 AM
A link between brain tumours in children and their parents' exposure to diesel exhaust fumes before birth has been found by researchers at The University of Western Australia-affiliated Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR). The study, "Parental Occupational Exposure to Engine Exhausts and Childhood Brain Tumours," which was published online in the International Journal of Cancer, found that parents exposed to diesel exhaust fumes through their work had an increased risk of their child developing a childhood brain tumour. Childhood brain tumour is the leading cause of cancer death in children and most occur before the age of five. Lead author Assistant Professor Susan Peters said while malignant brain tumours were recognised as the leading cause of cancer mortality in children, the risk factors for childhood brain tumours, despite decades of research, were largely unknown. "This work on the occupational hazards faced by parents of...

Diesel Fumes Linked to Cancer--In Depth Interview

by ej on
Thursday, June 14, 2012 2:15 PM
As reported here yesterday, the World Health Organization's cancer research group has announced that diesel exhaust is clearly linked to an increased risk of cancer, placing it in the same category as asbestos and mustard gas.  In a fascinating interview, the lead scientist, Dr. Kurt Straif, explains in detail how the World Health Organization came to this conclusion and what it means.  This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in public health, epidemiology, cancer research or railroad safety.

Prestigious cancer research group yesterday classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans

by ej on
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:47 PM
The world’s most prestigious cancer research group yesterday classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans and concluded that exposure is associated with increased risk of lung cancer.  The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced it's findings at an international meeting in Europe yesterday, concluding that “that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer, and also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer."  The announcement has already led for calls for the United State's Environmental Protection Agency to follow suit.

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Video: locomotive engine spewing diesel exhaust

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Friday, February 17, 2012 8:01 PM

Diesel Fumes Linked to Heart Attacks

by ej on
Friday, July 15, 2011 1:55 PM
In yet another study, diesel fumes have been linked to adverse health effects, this time to heart attacks.  The results of the study were published in the European Heart Journal.  Scientists have found that ultra-fine particles produced when diesel is burned are harmful to blood vessels and can lead to heart attack and stroke.  The results have been widely reported and are more evidence in the growing research about diesel fumes adverse health effects.

University Study Links Diesel Fumes to "Unnecessary Heart Attacks"

by ej on
Sunday, May 1, 2011 2:56 PM
According to a study from the University of Edinburgh, excessive diesel fumes in cities could be causing unnecessary heart attacks.  Research at the university, funded by the British Heart Foundation, found that healthy volunteers had badly functioning blood vessels after being exposed to fumes.  The study suggested that diesel-emitting vehicles be fitted with "particle trap" devices.

Railroad Workers Exposed to Diesel Fumes and FELA Law

by ej on
Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:58 PM
If you have been exposed to diesel fumes while working for the railroad, you are covered by the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), a 100 year-old federal law that protects workers and their families.  This law requires railroads to provide workers with a reasonably safe place to work and, in the event of negligent conduct or violation of safety laws, money damages for railroad workers.  If you have experienced headaches, nausea, light-headedness, neurological symptoms, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma, COPD, or lung cancer, please call us toll free at 1-877-ALL-FELA or email us at info@allfela.com for a free consultation.

Diesel fumes linked to increased risk of COPD

by ej on
Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:03 AM
Railroad workers face a 2.5% increased risk of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) for each year exposed to diesel fumes, according to this study published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Journal.  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/SmokingCOPD/11909