By Medical News Today
According to a study published in the journal Nanomedicine, researchers have found an association between exposure to nanoparticles and rheumatoid arthritis and the development of other serious autoimmune disease. In addition, the team discovered new cellular targets for developing potential drug therapies to treat autoimmune diseases.
Findings from the study, conducted by researchers at Trinity College Dublin, indicate that there are health and safety implications for the manufacture, utilization, and disposal of nanotechnology products and materials.
Smoking, carbon particles emitted by car exhaust, and inhalation of dust over the long-term are all risk factors which cause chronic inflammation of the lungs. In addition, researchers have also established an association between smoking and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
In this study, the authors identified similar risks cause by nanotechnology products, which may produce new types of airborne pollutants that can impact global health if not handled appropriately.