Category Archives: Asthma

Counties Where Traffic Air Pollution Hurts Children Most

A first-of-its-kind county-by-county heat map details the distribution of childhood asthma due to nitrogen dioxide across the U.S. IN THE U.S., over 6 million children had ongoing asthma in 2016. Globally, asthma kills around 1,000 people every day – and … Continue reading

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Millions of child asthma cases linked to traffic pollution every year

Four million cases of childhood asthma globally could be attributable to nitrogen dioxide from traffic pollution every year. Pollution from vehicles may damage airways, leading to inflammation and the development of asthma in children who are genetically predisposed to the … Continue reading

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Childhood obesity linked to air pollution from vehicles

Research suggests first year ‘critical window’ in which toxic air can increase weight gain Early exposure to air pollution from vehicles increases the risk of children becoming obese, new research has found. High levels of nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted … Continue reading

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Air pollution leads to millions of ER visits for asthma attacks worldwide: First study to quantify global burden of asthma linked to dirty air

Nine to 33 million visits to the emergency room (ER) for asthma worldwide may be triggered by breathing in air polluted by ozone or fine particulate matter — pollutants that can enter the lung’s deep airways, according to a study … Continue reading

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Polluted city neighborhoods are bad news for asthmatic children: Study shows that children with asthma react differently to changes in air pollution depending on the environment they grow up in

Children with asthma who grow up in a New York City neighborhood where air pollution is prevalent need emergency medical treatment more often than asthmatics in less polluted areas. This is according to researchers from Columbia University in the US … Continue reading

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Allergies: Mugwort pollen as main source of airborne endotoxins

A wide range of airborne substances can cause respiratory problems for asthma sufferers. These include bacteria and their components, which can trigger inflammations. How they become airborne has not been fully explained up to now. A science team from the … Continue reading

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Ozone exposure at birth increases risk of asthma development

A long-term study of the health of Canadian children has found that exposure to ozone (O3), a common air pollutant, at birth was associated with an 82 percent increased risk of developing asthma by age three. The study, which was … Continue reading

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More evidence shows exposure to traffic and outdoor air pollution increases risk of asthma

Long-term exposure to high levels of road traffic and ozone significantly increases the risk of asthma symptoms, asthma attacks or the need for use of asthma medications, according to a new study published in the European Respiratory Journal [1]. The … Continue reading

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