Category Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

Pollution affects babies even before birth

Tiny polluting particles produced in and outdoors have been linked to millions of premature births New research has linked exposure to air pollution during pregnancy to almost 6 million premature births and 3 million underweight babies globally in just one … Continue reading

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Scientists identify new chemicals in air pollution that trigger asthma in kids

Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder. “Asthma is one the most prevalent diseases affecting children in the United … Continue reading

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Air pollution second largest cause of death in Africa

Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019, a new study shows. Most of these deaths — 697,000 — were as a result of household air pollution driven largely by indoor cooking stoves. But while household … Continue reading

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Study finds living near oil, gas wells increases air pollution exposure

Stanford researchers have observed higher levels of air pollutants within 2.5 miles of oil and gas wells, likely worsening negative health outcomes for residents. Stanford researchers have observed higher levels of air pollutants within 2.5 miles of oil and gas … Continue reading

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Clean air matters for a healthy brain: Research on air pollution and cognitive decline indicate cleaner air may reduce risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias

Two USC researchers whose work linked air pollution to a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease and faster cognitive decline are seeing signs that cleaner air can make a difference in brain health. Cars and factories produce a fine particulate known … Continue reading

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Years of exposure to air pollution and road traffic noise may raise heart failure risk

Exposure to air pollution and road traffic noise over the course of many years may be associated with an increased risk of developing heart failure, and the correlation appears to be even greater in people who are former smokers or … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to nearly 6 million premature births in 2019, study finds

A new study released Tuesday from the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Washington found air pollution likely caused millions of babies to be born prematurely and under a healthy weight in 2019. Babies who are born with … Continue reading

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WHO slashes guideline limits on air pollution from fossil fuels

Level for the most damaging tiny particles is halved, reflecting new evidence of deadly harm The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle dirty air and save millions of lives. In … Continue reading

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