Tag Archives: Health Effects of Air Pollution

Exposure to ambient ultrafine particles may trigger nonfatal heart attack

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 is a major form of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Ultrafine particles (UFP) are 100 nanometers … Continue reading

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Air pollution may aggravate nasal suffering with colds and seasonal allergies

People who get rhinitis – an inflamed or congested nose – from colds or allergies may feel much worse if they’re exposed to high levels of air pollution, a recent study suggests. Rhinitis usually involves some combination of congestion, sneezing, … Continue reading

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Deadly air pollution is blowing into your state from a surprisingly large source

Air pollution doesn’t respect borders. A power plant in one place often ends up killing people who live far downwind. Now, a detailed analysis of how air pollution moves in the United States reveals that since 2005 premature deaths caused … Continue reading

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More evidence links ozone pollution to premature death

People who live in cities where the air is polluted by factories and traffic fumes may not live as long as they would have with cleaner air, a recent study suggests. Researchers focused on ozone, an unstable form of oxygen … Continue reading

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Study details how auto emissions pose human health problems worldwide

Ultrafine particles in the atmosphere are unregulated, according to the World Health Organization, but a team of international researchers that includes a Texas A&M University professor and two graduate students has found that auto emissions are a key factor in … Continue reading

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Nearly half of all childhood asthma cases in Barcelona are attributable to air pollution

As many as 1,230 cases of childhood asthma in Barcelona–48% of the total–could be attributable to air pollution each year. This is the main conclusion of a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre … Continue reading

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Heavy traffic pollution may affect kids’ brain development

High levels of exposure to traffic-related air pollution at a very young age may lead to structural changes in the brain, a new imaging study suggests. Brain scans of 12-year-old children show reduced thickness of the cortex and decreased gray … Continue reading

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Air pollution impacts can be heart-stopping: Biggest study of dangerously small particulate matter and cardiac arrest

There is an increased risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) even from short-term exposure to low concentrations of fine particulate matter PM2.5, an international study has found, noting an association with gaseous pollutants such as those from coal burning/mining, bushfires … Continue reading

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