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Air pollution exposure takes a heavy toll on gut bacteria, boosting risk of chronic illnesses

Breathing dirty air takes a heavy toll on gut bacteria, boosting risk of obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and other chronic illnesses, new University of Colorado Boulder research suggests. The study, published online in the journal Environment International, is the first … Continue reading

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Air pollution is one of the world’s most dangerous health risks

Polluted air is a public health hazard that cannot be evaded. It is widely known that long-term exposure to air pollution enhances the risks of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the University … Continue reading

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Outdoor air pollution cuts three years from human lifespan – study

Outdoor air pollution cuts three years from human lifespan – study Global survey finds average figure is higher than that caused by smoking tobacco Humans are missing out on almost three years of life expectancy on average because of outdoor … Continue reading

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Opening your windows doesn’t help reduce indoor air pollution

Airing out our homes might not be as effective as we think. Chemicals released by cleaning or cooking can stick to walls, furnishings and other surfaces instead of wafting out when we open a window. “It’s quite a surprise,” says … Continue reading

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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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