A news story “Wood Stoves May Cause Cancer, Heart Disease” was published on Fox News 2/7/2011.
The story was on a European study of fine particulate matter generated by woodstoves, not from wood boilers or hydronic wood furnaces which have been gathering a notorious reputation in neighborhoods and near schools locally.
The story cites professor Steffen Loft at the Department of Public Health at Copenhagen University:
The particles that come from wood smoke can certainly cause fatal heart or lung disease. In human cells that were exposed to the particles, substantial DNA damage and mutation took place.
Fox News picked up the story from the London Telegraph “Wood-burning stoves ‘can cause cancer and heart disease’” 2/7/2011. From the Telegraph article:
Professor Steffen Loft and colleagues compared the air from the centre of a Danish village with many wood stoves to a neighbouring area with few of them. They also analysed pure wood smoke particulate matter collected from a wood stove.
When scientists tested the wood-burning particles on human cells in a laboratory, they found that the particles caused more cellular and DNA damage than air without the particles.
‘The full scale of the health risk is not currently known,’ Loft said, ‘but said some people were already feeling the impact, such as those suffering from asthma.’
The original study was published by American Chemical Society’s journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology. The original study does not yet appear to be available on the website. However, a related study also by Professor Steffen Loft and colleagues is available: “Oxidative Stress, DNA Damage, and Inflammation Induced by Ambient Air and Wood Smoke Particulate Matter in Human A549 and THP-1 Cell Lines” 1/14/2011.