Category Archives: USA & Canada

Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health. Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed … Continue reading

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Air pollution in New York City linked to wildfires hundreds of miles away

A new study shows that air pollutants from the smoke of fires from as far as Canada and the southeastern U.S. traveled hundreds of miles and several days to reach Connecticut and New York City, where it caused significant increases … Continue reading

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Air pollution’s tiny particles may trigger nonfatal heart attacks

A Yale-affiliated scientist finds that even a few hours’ exposure to ambient ultrafine particles common in air pollution may potentially trigger a nonfatal heart attack. Myocardial infarction (MI) is a major form of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Ultrafine particles (UFP) are … Continue reading

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Study Shows Air Pollution Can Mess With Our DNA

Air pollution makes it difficult to breathe and it can also increase the blood pressure and heart rate of the person. Those issues are well known. Now new research suggests breathing diesel fumes can trigger another toxic and dangerous change. … Continue reading

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Even in small doses, air pollution harms older Americans

Even a little exposure to the fine particles of air pollution can translate into higher hospitalization rates for a number of common conditions among older Americans, a new study suggests. “The study shows that the health dangers and economic impacts … Continue reading

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Impact of air pollution on health may be far worse than thought, study suggests

Results chime with earlier review indicating almost every cell in the body may be affected by dirty air The number of health problems linked to air pollution could be far higher than previously thought, according to research suggesting hospital admissions … Continue reading

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Air quality has worsened since 2016, associated with more premature deaths in U.S.

In the United States, annual average levels of fine particulate matter—PM2.5, a measure of solid particles and liquid droplets that are 2.5 micrometers or smaller found in the air—declined 24 percent from 2009 to 2016, then increased 5 percent between … Continue reading

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Tens of thousands of deaths linked to weak US air pollution rules – study

Researchers linked nine causes of death with a certain type pollution when reviewing medical records of deceased veterans US air pollution rules could be hugely insufficient in preventing deaths, experts are concluding from a new study of the likely causes … Continue reading

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