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Exposure to fine particulate matter, PM2.5, a component of air pollution, has known systemic effects on the human body. Research on the specific chemical constituents of PM2.5 that impact human health is fairly new, however. This literature review aims to draw connections between the chemical constituents of PM2.5 and their implications on human health. We conducted an online search for scholarly articles using a number of key-terms, and created a system to filter the search results. We focused on 69 articles pertaining to PM2.5 and its effects on different health systems. We found positive associations of PM2.5 components with human health endpoints in 97% of the studies. While PM2.5 chemical constituent studies are less common than concentration based research, it is clear that conducting more research is necessary to better understand how PM2.5 impacts human health.
Davis, Lenora, "Associations Between the Chemical Constituents of Fine Particulate Matter and Human Health Outcomes: A Literature Review" (2021). Honors Theses. 1817.