Ken Mundt and Linda Dell co-authored “Meta-Analysis of Cardiac Mortality in Three Cohorts of Carbon Black Production Workers” for the March edition of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Their paper evaluates whether occupational exposure to high concentrations of carbon dust increases heart disease. Unlike ambient fine particles, carbon black is a pure form of carbon, used in tire manufacturing to reinforce the rubber, and as a pigment in inks, paints and plastics. In their study, the authors combined and analyzed data from three studies on carbon black workers, and found no correlation between exposure to carbon black dust and cardiovascular disease-related death, suggesting that the heart disease risks seen with air pollution may be due to more than just the amount of dust particles inhaled.
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