Category Archives: Medical Studies

Deadly air pollution can get into the bloodstream, ‘smoking gun’ study suggests 

Tiny particles – like those produced in vast amounts by burning fossil fuels – can pass through the lungs into the bloodstream and then damage various different organs, according to a controversial new experiment. While air pollution has been linked … Continue reading

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Bad Air Contributing to Poor Mental Health and Being Unhappy, Study Finds

Economic progress in many developing countries is often accompanied by increased air pollution and this, in turn, is contributing to higher levels of depression, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds. The discovery contributes to … Continue reading

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Air Pollution Reduces Good Cholesterol, Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Increased exposure to air pollution caused by traffic has been blamed for lowering good cholesterol or the high-density lipoprotein (HDL). This has been blamed for the lower HDL levels of middle-aged and even older adults living in urban areas in … Continue reading

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Air Pollution Might Beef Up Dangerous Bacteria 

Air pollution—particulates tossed into the air from car exhaust, factory fumes, and power plants—is nasty stuff. Breathing it in causes damage to your lung tissue. It can trigger asthma attacks. It increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and lung … Continue reading

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Living in an area with high air pollution may impact women’s breast density

A study of nearly 280,000 women in the United States has found that living in areas with a high level of fine particles from air pollution may increase a woman’s chance of having dense breasts – a well-established risk factor … Continue reading

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Living in polluted cities is blamed for older men’s loss of brainpower 

Air pollution may take a much heavier toll on the mental abilities of men than it does on women, according to a study. Men living in cities with high levels of pollution appear to lose their faculties for logical and … Continue reading

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EPA’s controlled human exposure studies of air pollution are warranted: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carries out experiments in which volunteer participants agree to be intentionally exposed by inhalation to specific pollutants at restricted concentrations over short periods to obtain important information 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carries out experiments in which volunteer participants agree to be intentionally exposed by inhalation to specific pollutants at restricted concentrations over short periods to obtain important information about the effects of outdoor air pollution … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s Risk Boosted by Even Short-Term Air Pollution, Korean Study Says

Even brief exposure to air pollution can increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological diseases, concludes a Korean study. The study, “Short-term air pollution exposure aggravates Parkinson’s disease in a population-based cohort,” appeared in the journal Scientific Reports. Various environmental factors … Continue reading

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