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Air pollution may contribute to white matter loss in the brain
In a new study, older women who lived in places with higher air pollution had significantly reduced white matter in the brain. (2015-06-15)

Woodstoves are good for the soul, bad for the heart
The risk of acute myocardial infarction for the elderly living in and around small cities is increased by air pollution caused by biomass burning from woodstoves. (2017-02-27)

Air pollution especially harmful to lungs of obese children
Obese children are more susceptible than normal-weight children to the harmful effects of air pollution, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 24. (2004-05-24)

Does air pollution affect mental health later in life?
In a study of women aged 80 years and older, living in locations with higher exposures to air pollution was associated with increased depressive symptoms. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2020-11-18)

Particulate air pollution linked to poor survival in liver cancer patients
In a recent study, exposure to particulate air pollution after being diagnosed with liver cancer was significantly associated with an increased risk of premature death. (2017-06-07)

Despite decline, distribution of air pollution highlights socioeconomic disparities
While the level of fine particulate air pollution has declined considerably over the last several decades, a new study finds that its distribution has remained largely unchanged. (2020-07-30)

Stagnant air pollution increases risk of death from breathing problems
Air pollution that sits over a city without being blown away by the wind increases the risk of death from breathing problems, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference. (2003-05-19)

More studies needed to determine impact of air pollution on gynecologic health
While initial studies suggest a potential relationship between air pollution and both infertility and menstrual irregularity, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine believe more studies are needed to validate these findings in other populations. (2018-07-12)

Exercise can outweigh harmful effects of air pollution
New research from the University of Copenhagen has found that the beneficial effects of exercise are more important for our health than the negative effects of air pollution, in relation to the risk of premature mortality. In other words, benefits of exercise outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution. (2015-03-30)

Georgia State University research finds Clean Air Act increased Atlanta rainfall
A Georgia State University researcher is the first to show that the Clean Air Act of 1970 caused a rebound in rainfall for a US city. Jeremy Diem, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, analyzed summer rainfall data from nine weather stations in the Atlanta metropolitan area from 1948 to 2009. He discovered that precipitation increased markedly in the late 1970s as pollution decreased following passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970. (2013-06-05)

Unique cooperation for air pollution study between Hebrew University, Palestinians
Within the framework of a unique project of cooperation between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Palestinian research organizations, two engineers of the Palestinian Meteorological Service have come to the university for training and advanced study. This was the first time in many months that this has been possible. (2005-03-16)

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 pollution among teen girls (ages 14-18) is associated with slightly increased chances of menstrual irregularity and longer time to achieve such regularity in high school and early adulthood. (2018-01-25)

Air pollution increases risk of death in Gothenburg
People who live where there are high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of dying prematurely. Air pollution levels in Gothenburg have, however, decreased by half in the past few decades. A doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy has compared the link between air pollution and mortality in 7,500 men. (2016-03-24)

Prolonged exposure to air pollution leads to genetic changes in rat brains, study finds
Prolonged exposure to particulate matter in air pollution in the Los Angeles Basin triggered inflammation and the appearance of cancer-related genes in the brains of rats, a Cedars-Sinai study has found. (2018-05-08)

Air pollution affects young people's psychiatric health
New research from UmeƄ University in Sweden indicates that dispensed medication for psychiatric diagnosis can be related to air pollution concentrations. The study covers a large part of the Swedish population and has been published in the journal BMJ Open. (2016-06-08)

Beijing game for clean air challenge
With the Olympic Games in sight, the Chinese Government is committed to improving the air quality in Beijing, and has had measures in place since 1998 which have already made a difference. However, there is still some way to go to meet national air quality standards in the Chinese capital, according to Professor Wang Wen-Xing and his team from the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences in Beijing, in the People's Republic of China. (2008-05-13)

Half of the world's population exposed to increasing air pollution, study shows
Half of the world's population is exposed to increasing air pollution, new research has shown. (2020-06-17)

The sun is brightening -- but not in China
Haze due to weak winds and air pollution is reducing surface solar radiation in China, which has major consequences for the climate, the environment and the economy. These are the findings of a research report now being published in Scientific Reports. An international team of researchers including those from the University of Gothenburg is behind the study. (2015-10-28)

Air pollution in childhood linked to schizophrenia
Children who grow up in areas with heavy air pollution have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This is the conclusion of a new study from the Danish psychiatry project, iPSYCH. (2020-01-07)

Pollution shrinks fetus size: Brisbane study finds
Exposure to air pollution significantly reduces fetus size during pregnancy, according to a new study by Brisbane scientists. Queensland University of Technology senior research fellow Dr. Adrian Barnett said the study compared the fetus sizes of more than 15,000 ultrasound scans in Brisbane to air pollution levels within a 14km radius of the city. (2008-01-06)

Air pollution is breaking our hearts: Human and marine health is affected in similar ways
Research published today in The Journal of Physiology by researchers at The University of Manchester shows that the knowledge we have about how pollution harms the hearts of marine species can be applied to humans, as the underlying mechanisms are similar. (2019-12-15)

Controls could lead to increased pollution outside China's capital region
China's ambitious pollution control policies centered on its capital-area cities of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei could increase air pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, and water consumption outside this target region, according to new modeling by Delin Fang and colleagues. (2019-04-24)

EPA holds seminar on air pollution and cardiovascular disease
The US Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a seminar called (2010-05-20)

Study finds air pollution linked to risk of premature death
A new international study has found that air pollution is linked to increased cardiovascular and respiratory death rates. The study is the largest of its kind to investigate the short-term impacts of air pollution on death, conducted over a 30-year period. The study analyzed data on air pollution and mortality in 24 countries and regions. (2019-08-21)

Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with asthma risk
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before the age of six, according to new UBC research. (2016-02-09)

Air pollution cleansed through ocean cloud processes, say Hebrew University scientists
Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have demonstrated that sea spray over the oceans contributes to cleansing air that has been polluted overland. (2002-08-15)

People only slightly more likely to die after episodes of stagnant air
People are only slightly more likely to die of respiratory and cardiovascular problems when the weather becomes more stagnant. (2003-05-19)

UGA scientist to study effect of air quality on unborn babies
From recent studies in many countries, scientists suspect a relationship between exposure to air pollution and health problems like preterm births, low birth weights, poor fetal development and mortality, said Luke Naeher, an environmental epidemiologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Scientists know the air pollution in large cities can aggravate or cause health problems in children and adults. But how can it affect a baby inside a mother's womb? (2003-09-23)

A tale of two cities: Is air pollution improving in Paris and London?
For the first time, a joint air pollution study across two mega-cities -- London and Paris -- measures the impact of policies designed to reduce air pollution from urban traffic over the last 12 years. (2019-03-11)

Europe-wide study finds long-term exposure to even low levels of air pollution increases risk of lung cancer
Prolonged exposure to particulate air pollution increases the risk of lung cancer (particularly adenocarcinoma) even at levels below the European Union limit values, according to one of the largest studies of its kind published in The Lancet Oncology. (2013-07-09)

Exposure to air pollution in pregnancy does not increase symptoms of attention-deficit
A study of 30,000 children from seven European countries found no association between prenatal exposure to air pollution and symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity. (2018-06-25)

Corona and air pollution: How does nitrogen dioxide impact fatalities?
Elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air may be associated with a high number of deaths from COVID-19. A new study by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) provides concrete data that back this assumption for the first time. The paper combines satellite data on air pollution and air currents with confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 and reveals that regions with permanently high levels of pollution have significantly more deaths than other regions. (2020-04-20)

Air pollution reduces global life expectancy by more than one year, study finds
Air pollution shortens human lives by more than a year, according to researchers from UT Austin. (2018-08-22)

Polluted city neighborhoods are bad news for asthmatic children
Children with asthma who grow up in a New York City neighborhood where air pollution is prevalent need emergency medical treatment more often than asthmatics in less polluted areas. This is according to researchers from Columbia University in the US in a new study published in the Springer Nature-branded journal Pediatric Research. (2018-10-18)

UCLA study shows adverse effects of air pollution on births in Los Angeles County
Women who lived in regions with high carbon monoxide or fine-particle levels -- pollution caused mainly by vehicle traffic -- were approximately 10 to 25 percent more likely to have a preterm baby than women who lived in less polluted areas. (2007-08-26)

Temperature inversion brings ultra-clean air between layers of pollution
The atmosphere often is highly layered, particularly when a temperature inversion blocks intruding air from above and below. A University of Washington scientist says that can mean a lower layer of polluted air, followed by 500 to 1,000 feet of pristine air -- a clean-air slot - topped by another layer of pollution. (2002-02-20)

Comparatively low levels of air pollution boost early death risk
Even comparatively low levels of air pollution boost the chances of an early death, suggests research published ahead of print in Thorax. (2007-07-30)

Briefing explores associations between air pollution and health outcomes
Health risks associated with high levels of air pollution may vary between neighborhoods across large urban populations. (2013-02-17)

A chemical cocktail of air pollution in Beijing, China during COVID-19 outbreak
Air pollution during the COVID-19 lockdown in Beijing was mainly due to different chemical responses of primary and secondary aerosols to changes in anthropogenic emissions. (2020-07-07)

Traffic-related air pollution associated with changes in right ventricular structure and function
Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease, according to a new study. (2014-03-07)

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