Category Archives: Asthma

Air pollution ‘linked’ to higher risk of children developing asthma

Fine air pollutants may contribute to the development of asthma and wheezing in children, according to a study by researchers in Denmark. They found children exposed to higher levels of fine particles in the air – known as PM2.5 – … Continue reading

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Cleaner air during UK lockdown relieves asthma for millions

People with asthma and other lung conditions report decrease in symptoms, finds survey Two million people in the UK with respiratory conditions such as asthma have experienced reduced symptoms during the coronavirus lockdown, according to the British Lung Foundation. A … Continue reading

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Nearly half of all childhood asthma cases in Barcelona are attributable to air pollution

As many as 1,230 cases of childhood asthma in Barcelona–48% of the total–could be attributable to air pollution each year. This is the main conclusion of a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre … Continue reading

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Hitting clean air targets ‘could stop 67,000 child asthma cases a year’

Staying within WHO pollution limits would prevent 11% of new diagnoses, study says Almost 67,000 new cases of asthma in children across 18 European countries could be prevented every year if levels of tiny particulates polluting the air are cut … Continue reading

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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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