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Health Impacts of Wildfire

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Health Impacts of Wildfire

Wildfires can have devastating health impacts both locally and far from the flames. Stanford scholars are investigating impacts of smoke exposure from wildfires and prescribed burns to better understand how to keep people safe.

Burning city

Stanford researchers found that immune markers and pollutant levels in the blood indicate wildfire smoke may be more harmful to children’s health than smoke from a controlled burn.

Kari Nadeau

Kari Nadeau, Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford, is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma. Nadeau has active research projects in Fresno, California, which is inordinately impacted by smoke from wildfire and prescribed burns, to study the health impacts of smoke exposure on children and adults.

People in masks

Stanford scientists launched a study to track long-term effects of smoke on the heart, lungs and immune system.