Category Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

Air pollution exposure on home-to-school routes reduces the growth of working memory 

Findings of an ISGlobal study underscore the importance of establishing school routes along less polluted streets A new study has demonstrated that exposure to air pollution on the way to school can have damaging effects on children’s cognitive development. The … Continue reading

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ALS Study Links Long-term Air Pollution with Development of the Disease

Long-term exposure to air pollution increases the risk of a person developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a Dutch study shows. The study, “Long-Term Air Pollution Exposure and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Netherlands: A Population-based Case–control Study,” appeared in the journal Environmental Health … Continue reading

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Air pollution may have damaging effects on the kidneys

Highlight In a study of US veterans, researchers found a linear relationship between air pollution levels and risk of experiencing kidney function decline and of developing kidney disease or kidney failure. Air quality remains suboptimal in many parts of the … Continue reading

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Air pollution: A threat to your heart and longevity? 

New research links “safe” levels of air pollution to premature death. Every day, you inhale thousands of gallons of air — mostly nitrogen, oxygen, and a smattering of other gases. But that air also contains tiny particles spewed from power … Continue reading

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5,000 deaths annually from dieselgate in Europe 

Excess emissions from diesel cars cause about 5,000 premature deaths annually across Europe, a new study shows. Since the late 1990s the share of diesel cars in the EU has risen to around 50% in the fleet, with important variations … Continue reading

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People of color exposed to more pollution from cars, trucks, power plants over 10 years

A new nationwide study finds that the U.S. made little progress from 2000 to 2010 in reducing relative disparities between people of color and whites in exposure to harmful air pollution emitted by cars, trucks and other combustion sources. The … Continue reading

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Air pollution changes what bugs colonise our airways

Could the effects of air pollution be mediated by the mix of bugs in our airways? It seems that exposure to pollutants correlates with differences in the species of bacteria living in our respiratory tracts. This may be a hidden … Continue reading

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One million premature deaths linked to ozone air pollution

Scientists at the University of York’s Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have released new figures showing long-term exposure to ozone air pollution is linked to one million premature deaths per year due to respiratory diseases – more than double previous estimates. … Continue reading

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