Category Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

Systemic inequalities driving exposure to high indoor air pollution in London

Systemic inequalities mean that low-income households in London are more likely to be exposed to higher levels of indoor air pollution, according to a report by UCL researchers. The biggest factors are the quality of housing and the characteristics of … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to high blood pressure in children; other studies address air quality and the heart

A meta-analysis of 14 air pollution studies from around the world found that exposure to high levels of air pollutants during childhood increases the likelihood of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, and their risk for high blood pressure … Continue reading

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Air pollution spikes may impair older men’s thinking, study finds

Even short, temporary increases in airborne particles can damage brain health, research suggests Temporary rises in air pollution may impair memory and thinking in older men, according to research that indicates even short-term spikes in airborne particles can be harmful … Continue reading

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Study links childhood air pollution exposure to poorer mental health

Research found that those who grow up amid heavy traffic pollution have higher rates of mental illness by age 18 Children and young people who grow up amid heavy traffic-related air pollution have higher rates of mental illness by the … Continue reading

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Four in 10 Americans live in counties with unhealthy air pollution levels

Fairbanks, Alaska, Los Angeles and California cities get F rating American Lung Association tracks particle and ozone pollution New research from the American Lung Association finds that more than four in 10 people – a whopping 135 million in the … Continue reading

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Scientists identify severe asthma species, show air pollutant as likely contributor

An epidemiological study has shown that not only is non-Th2 a distinct asthma disease, its likely inducer is early childhood exposure to airborne Benzo[a]pyrene, a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion. Asthma afflicts more than 300 million people worldwide. The most … Continue reading

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First air quality profile of two sub-Saharan African cities finds troubling news: Pollution up to five times over international guidelines

Ambient air pollution is a global public health crisis, causing more than 4.9 million premature deaths per year around the world. In Africa, it has surpassed AIDS as the leading cause of premature death. According to one study, air pollution … Continue reading

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Air pollution: Research links black carbon to increased cancer risk

Long-term exposure to black carbon, a constituent of fine particle air pollution, could increase lung cancer risk by 30%, according to researchers in France. Could stepping out for a breath of fresh air come with its own health risks? Research … Continue reading

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