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Summers Less Smoggy Now, But Winter Air Hasn't Improved

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – Air quality improvements in the United States have been significant but largely limited to summer. Now, researchers say they know why. For decades, summer air was the worst of the year, replete with haze-containing particles that cause asthma, lung cancer and other illnesses. But overall lower levels of emissions from power plants and vehicles have paid off in the hot ...

Air Pollution at National Parks Keeps Visitors Away

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – Fresh air is in short supply at U.S. national parks, a new study shows. Researchers found that from 1990 to 2014, average concentrations of ozone air pollution in 33 of the nation's largest national parks were the same as in the 20 largest cities in the country. Despite improvements over the last two decades, the air quality in many national parks is unhealthy for ...

Warming Climate, More AC -- and More Unhealthy Smog Ahead

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – As global warming heats up the planet, billions of people will need more air conditioning. And that could bring an uptick in serious health problems, a new study predicts. The research estimates up to 1,000 more deaths annually in the eastern United States alone by 2050 – deaths linked to rising levels of air pollution because more fossil fuels will be burned at power ...

Health Tip: Breathe Easier in a Volcano Zone

Posted 8 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Major volcanic eruptions like the one going on in Hawaii are rare, but they can lead to serious health concerns. Volcanos produce gases mixed with water and tiny particles that form a type of pollution called vog. It can irritate the eyes and trigger heart attacks and respiratory problems such as asthma and wheezing. Active volcanos also spew ash, which can lead to symptoms such as coughing, ...

Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution Puts Seniors at Risk

Posted 23 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – For older people, breathing in dirty air puts them at risk of being hospitalized with a dangerous respiratory disease, a new study suggests. Among U.S. seniors, hospital admissions for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) rose as levels of both ozone and fine particulate matter increased – even when the pollutants were within levels now considered safe, the ...

Health Concerns Rise Along With Hawaii Eruptions

Posted 22 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – There's more trouble in paradise: The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may lead to respiratory and other health problems for residents of the Big Island, an expert warns. Besides facing the possibility of more devastating lava flows, Hawaiians must contend with high levels of toxic volcanic ash and smog, said an atmospheric scientist at the University at Albany in New ...

Berries and Grapes May Keep You Breathin' Easy

Posted 21 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – Adding more grapes and berries to your diet is a tasty way to give your lung health a boost, new research suggests. Folks who ate the most foods with a particular type of flavonoid, called anthocyanins, maintained the best lung function as they aged, researchers said. Anthocyanins are found in dark-pigmented fruits and vegetables such as red grapes, blueberries and purple ...

Health Tip: Recognizing Lung Disease

Posted 2 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- You shouldn't ignore a nagging cough or mild wheeze. They could be symptoms of a lung disease, such as asthma, COPD or cancer, the American Lung Association says. Here are the association's potential warning signs of lung disease: Cough lasting a month or longer. Shortness of breath. Excess mucous production. Wheezing. Coughing up blood. Chronic chest pain.

U.S. Air Quality Improvements Are Lagging

Posted 1 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – After decades of progress, the United States has seen a slowdown in reductions of two major air pollutants, a new study finds. Researchers found that levels of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide – which contribute to the formation of ozone pollution and smog – have not continued the fairly steady decline predicted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Nitrogen ...

Unchecked Air Pollution a Death Sentence for Millions: Study

Posted 23 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – Quicker action to cut fossil fuel emissions and slow climate change could prevent as many as 153 million premature deaths worldwide this century, new research contends. That's how many lives could be saved in 154 of the world's largest cities through immediate action to reduce emissions and limit the global temperature increase to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, instead of ...

Dirty Air May Harm Blacks More Than Whites

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March, 15, 2018 – Air pollution takes a greater toll on the hearts of black Americans than whites, in part because they often live in poorer areas with more pollution, a new study suggests. "The greater risk of death from heart disease among blacks, compared with whites, is partially explained by higher exposure to air pollution," said lead researcher Dr. Sebhat Erqou, a fellow in ...

Health Tip: Fight Indoor Pollution at Home

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Where better to fight indoor air pollution than at home? The American Lung Association suggests how: Don't let anyone smoke in your home. Test your home for radon. Keep humidity levels under 50 percent and use a dehumidifier or air conditioner as needed. Clean this equipment regularly. Fix any leaks in the home that could contribute to mold growth. Put away food, cover trash and use bait to ...

Wildfires Can Affect Air Quality Far From the Flames

Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Wildfires like those that recently burned wide swaths of California to the ground can cause air quality problems that pose a threat to human health far from the fire site, researchers say. An analysis of U.S. government data collected from 2006 to 2013 found that smoke plumes from wildfires can be carried high into the air and spread over thousands of miles – even days ...

Air Pollution Can Be Deadly for Seniors

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – Even levels of air pollution deemed "safe" by U.S. government standards may shorten the life spans of seniors, new research suggests. In fact, hundreds of older Americans may die prematurely each year due to the effects of dirty air, the study found. The finding stems from a computer prediction analysis that correlated fine particle and ozone pollution levels between ...

Tomatoes and Apples Could Help Ex-Smokers' Lungs Heal

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – For smokers who've managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one. But new research suggests help may be close at hand – in the kitchen. The decade-long study of 650 British and European adults suggests that diets high in tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, could speed the healing of smoke-damaged lungs. The ...

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