Us­ing bleach once ev­ery week poses res­pi­ra­tory hazard

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

AC­CORD­ING to the re­search con­ducted by Har­vard Univer­sity for the last three decades, us­ing bleach merely once per week in­creases the chance of catch­ing Chronic Ob­struc­tive Pul­monary Dis­ease (COPD) by 32 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the BBC, a study was con­ducted with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 55,000 nurses. By the end of the study 663 of the sub­jects were di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion.

The nurses’ ex­po­sure to dis­in­fec­tants was eval­u­ated via a ques­tion­naire and other fac­tors that could have dis­torted the re­sults. The age, weight and eth­nic­ity of the sub­jects were taken into ac­count in eval­u­at­ing the study re­sults.

Dis­in­fec­tant use has pre­vi­ously been as­so­ciated with an in­creased risk of res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems such as asthma. How­ever, the new study is thought to be the first to iden­tify a link be­tween COPD and spe­cific clean­ing chem­i­cals known as qua­ter­nary am­mo­nium com­pounds (quats).

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