Category Archives: Medical Studies

Strict COVID-19 lockdown policies helped reduce air pollution levels and death rates in Europe

Strict COVID-19 lockdown policies such as workplace closures in European cities reduced levels of air pollution and the number of associated deaths, according to new estimates published in Nature’s Scientific Reports. The research, which was funded by the European Centre … Continue reading

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Lack of information related to pollution exposure key issue for low-income households

A lack of information is an often overlooked but important cause of pollution exposure among low-income households or communities of color, according to University of Michigan researchers. The researchers say the disproportionate exposure of pollution on those vulnerable groups is … Continue reading

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Lowering air pollution reduces risk for dementia in older women, study finds

Long-term improvement in air quality lowers the risk for dementia in older women, a study published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. Large reductions in air pollution reduce the likelihood women ages 74 to 92 … Continue reading

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Long term exposure to air pollution may heighten COVID-19 risk

Long term exposure to ambient air pollution may heighten the risk of COVID-19 infection, suggests research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The association was strongest for particulate matter, with an average annual rise of 1 µg/m3 … Continue reading

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Air pollution: One in 12 child asthma cases linked to nitrogen dioxide exposure

Researchers estimate that 1.85 million new childhood asthma cases in 2019 were linked with exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas released by diesel vehicles About one in 12 new child asthma cases worldwide are associated with exposure to a … Continue reading

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The Lancet Planetary Health: 1.8 million excess deaths attributable to urban air pollution in 2019, modelling study suggests

A new modelling study finds that 86% of people living in cities worldwide (or 2. 5 billion people) are exposed to annual average levels of fine particulate matter exceeding the World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline from 2005. A second study … Continue reading

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Meat-eating causes 75,000 Chinese deaths a year through pollution

Dietary shifts towards eating more meat causes 75,000 premature deaths a year in China through air pollution, a study shows.  The study, published in the journal Nature Food, is the first to examine how changes in diets in China from … Continue reading

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Specific components of air pollution identified as more harmful than others

New estimates can help reveal dangers of specific chemicals and inform policies to reduce the impact of air pollution on human health Ammonium is one of the specific components of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), that has been linked to a … Continue reading

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