Woodsmoke Particulate + Prednisone
“Woodsmoke Particulate + Prednisone”
Deployment of military personnel has been associated with increased respiratory illness likely due, in part, to inhalation of unusual particulate matter (PM), such as from burn pits. Inflammation is a key initial response to inhaled particulates. The researchers have developed a protocol using inhaled wood smoke particles (WSP) as a way to study PM-induced airway inflammation. Exposure to wood smoke particles causes symptoms, even in healthy people, such as eye irritation, cough, shortness of breath, and increased mucous production. The purpose of this research study is to see if an oral steroid treatment can reduce the airway inflammation caused by the inhaled WSP. The exposure will be 500 A?g/mA3 of WSP for 2 hours, with intermittent exercise on a bicycle and rest. The wood is burned in a typical wood stove and piped into the chamber.
Drug - 60 mg Prednisone
Immediately following exit from the wood smoke chamber, subjects will receive 60 mg of prednisone per randomization schema
Drug - Placebo
Immediately following exit from the wood smoke chamber, subjects will receive a matching placebo to the 60 mg of prednisone per randomization schema
Phase I/II Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Cross-over Study of Prednisone on Airway Inflammatory Response to Inhaled Wood Smoke.