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PM and health effects

Our research on PM and health outcomes has turned up two findings: 1) On a mass basis, the health effects of PM 0.1 and PM 2.5 are generally the same, or rather that 0.1 is not significantly worse on health than 2.5 & 2) the research on ultrafine PM 0.1 is lacking and its impact on health outcomes isn't well understood.

Question: Is there a significant difference in health effects between PM 2.5 and PM 0.1 on a mass basis? Does the composition of particulate matter affect health outcomes in different ways? Is this an area that is generally understood and supported by evidence?


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