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Breathing wildfire smoke can affect the brain and sperm, as well as the lungs

By Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University
Adam Schuller, Researcher in Biomolecular Sciences, Boise State University
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Wildfires burning in the western U.S. are sending smoke into communities far from the fires themselves, creating hazardous air for days or weeks at a time. A lot of people are wondering: What does breathing all that smoke do to our bodies?

Wildfire smoke is a mix of chemicals and tiny particles that are small enough to evade the body’s defenses…


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