Category Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

Scientist finds children at risk from surprising source of air pollution

We think of schools as safe places for children, but there’s an invisible hazard lurking right outside the front door. A recent study by Matthew Adams, assistant professor with U of T Mississauga’s Department of Geography, found that school kiss-and-ride … Continue reading

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In utero exposure to diesel exhaust could be linked to adult heart failure: Toxic effects of air pollution can cross generations through unanticipated effects on DNA in the heart of the developing embryo, new study reveals

Gestational exposure to airborne particles derived from diesel exhaust can modify DNA in utero and alter the expression of genes that potentially increase susceptibility to adult heart failure, suggests a study in mice. According to a study published online in The … Continue reading

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Air pollution deaths expected to rise because of climate change

If things don’t change, researchers say air pollution worsened by climate change could cost tens of thousands of lives a year New research predicts that air pollution worsened by climate change will cost tens of thousands of lives if changes are not made. The … Continue reading

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Maternal exposure to air pollution early in pregnancy linked to preterm, low birth weight babies

Exposure to air pollution early in a pregnancy could increase risk for preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine, and published on July 27 in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study, … Continue reading

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Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think: In-car air study of commuting cars finds dangers to human health 

Everyone knows that exposure to pollution during rush hour traffic can be hazardous to your health, but it’s even worse than previously thought. In-car measurements of pollutants that cause oxidative stress found exposure levels for drivers to be twice as … Continue reading

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Environmental pollution exposure during pregnancy increases asthma risk for three generations 

Exposure to environmental pollutants during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma for as many as three consecutive generations, according to new research. Exposure to environmental pollutants during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma for as many as three … Continue reading

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Ozone pollution may cause cardiovascular diseases

Ozone can damage the respiratory system, reduce lung function and cause asthma attacks. Exposure to ozone, a powerful greenhouse gas and a widespread air pollutant in many major cities, may cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure … Continue reading

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Smog and pollen: Double-whammy for 127 million Americans

About 40% Americans live in counties where a “double whammy” of unhealthy levels of smog and ragweed pollen — both tied to climate change — combine to threaten respiratory health, a Natural Resources Defense Council report released Tuesday finds. “Today, 127 million Americans live … Continue reading

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