Category Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

Blacks have more exposure to air pollutants raising heart disease risk, death

Blacks often have higher exposure to air pollution than whites, which may partially explain their higher risk heart disease and death compared to whites, according to new research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal. Exposure … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to brain alterations and cognitive impairment in children

A study examines the relationship between air pollution exposure during fetal life, brain abnormalities and cognitive impairment A new study performed in the Netherlands has linked exposure to residential air pollution during fetal life with brain abnormalities that may contribute … Continue reading

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Want to monitor air pollution? Test a pigeon

Feral pigeons are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans, so help explore the affect of contaminants, say researchers Pigeons might be seen as the scourge of cities, but researchers say they could help us explore both the levels … Continue reading

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Cleaning products a big source of urban air pollution, say scientists

Research shows paints, perfumes, sprays and other synthetic items contribute to high levels of ‘volatile organic compounds’ in air Household cleaners, paints and perfumes have become substantial sources of urban air pollution as strict controls on vehicles have reduced road … Continue reading

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Polluted air may pollute our morality

  Exposure to air pollution, even imagining exposure to air pollution, may lead to unethical behavior, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. A combination of archival and experimental studies indicates that … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to irregular menstrual cycles

The air your teenage daughter breathes may be causing irregular menstrual cycles. Well documented negative health effects from air pollution exposure include infertility, metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome. This study is the first to show that exposure to air … Continue reading

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Bad air quality along Utah’s Wasatch Front causes more than 200 pneumonia cases each year

Air pollution erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to the effects of pneumonia. Air pollution trapped by winter inversions along Utah’s Wasatch Front, the state’s most populated region, is estimated to send more than … Continue reading

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Smoke from wildfires can tip air quality to unhealthy levels: Researchers analyze the long-term impact that wildfire smoke has on air quality in the US

Smoke plumes emanating from wildfires are swept high up into the air and spread over thousands of kilometers even days after a fire has been put out. The fine particles and harmful ozone contained in these plumes often have devastating … Continue reading

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