The Effect of Low Level Ozone Exposure on Healthy Volunteers (Lowoz)
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00468221
Recruitment Status :
(Lack of funding)
First Posted : May 2, 2007
Last Update Posted : May 29, 2015
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
The purpose of this research study is to learn more about the effects of 0.12 ppm ozone exposure on humans. We know from other studies that exposure to levels of ozone that are seen on bad air pollution days, can cause an increased risk of illness and even death in some people with certain health problems like asthma and heart disease. We also know from studies we have done in our lab that even healthy people can have an inflammatory (an increase in the amount of bacteria fighting cells) response to high levels of ozone. We suspect that exposure to low levels of ozone makes the body more susceptible to things like allergens. For instance, in persons allergic to pollen, exposure to ozone in the environment may cause them to have more allergy symptoms when they are around pollen than they would have if they were not exposed to ozone first. In this study we are looking to find the lowest level of ozone to which healthy people can be exposed without seeing that increased immune response. We will use 0.12 ppm ozone; this is roughly the amount of ozone you would be exposed to on a "yellow" ozone day in the triangle area in the summer if you spent the entire day out of doors and exercising moderately.
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