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Scientists identify new chemicals in air pollution that trigger asthma in kids

Dust mites and smoke are known triggers of asthma in children. Now, scientists have identified previously unknown combinations of air pollutants that appear tied to the respiratory disorder. “Asthma is one the most prevalent diseases affecting children in the United … Continue reading

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When the Western US burns, the East also gets sick

While most of the largest U.S. wildfires occur in the Western U.S., almost three-quarters of the smoke-related deaths and visits to the emergency room for asthma occur east of the Rocky Mountains. Smoke exposure, whether from wildfires or local burning, … Continue reading

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Nearly every London school in high air pollution area, report says

Almost every London school is in an area where air pollution levels exceed World Health Organization limits, City Hall analysis suggests. Figures show 98% of schools are in areas with toxic air quality, compared with 24% outside the capital. Rosamund … Continue reading

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Londoners say asthma is triggered by toxic air pollution

More than 300,000 Londoners have said that their asthma is triggered by toxic air pollution as Sadiq Khan today doubles down on his commitment to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. New research from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation … Continue reading

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You Might Want To Mask Up: Fireworks Cause Spikes In Air Pollution

Many people will flock to Fourth of July celebrations this weekend, eager to raise a toast beneath the year’s most spectacular aerial displays now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted. But some might want to keep those N95 masks handy … Continue reading

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Stronger air pollution standards in U.S. would have significant public health benefits

Reducing certain air pollutants in the U.S. by small amounts would prevent thousands of early deaths each year among elders, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, which focused on fine particulate … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits

Exclusive: consultations for asthma and other respiratory infections go up with increased dirty air, finds study A “huge” increase in the number of visits to doctors by children with asthma problems occurs after a week of raised air pollution, according … Continue reading

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Scientists identify severe asthma species, show air pollutant as likely contributor

An epidemiological study has shown that not only is non-Th2 a distinct asthma disease, its likely inducer is early childhood exposure to airborne Benzo[a]pyrene, a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion. Asthma afflicts more than 300 million people worldwide. The most … Continue reading

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