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More Than 40 Percent of Americans Breathe Dirty Air: Report

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – More than two of every five Americans reside in counties with unhealthy levels of smog and air pollution, thanks largely to the effect of global warming, health researchers report. Ozone levels spiked in the United States in 2016, which was the nation's second-hottest year on record, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report, released ...

Living Near Green Space May Make for a Healthier You

Posted 2 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 – Planning a move in the future? You might want to make sure there are parks nearby. Research suggests that people who live near parks and green space are happier and healthier. For instance, one study in the journal Health & Place looked at the relationship between parks and various health factors among women in the United States and Australia. Australian women with more ...

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 ...

Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks, a new report shows. Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the ...

Fit Kids Have Healthier Lungs as Adults: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – Yet another reason to get your child off the couch: Fit children have healthier lungs later, new research suggests. "This study shows that children who are physically fit go on to have better lung function as young adults," said lead researcher Bob Hancox. "We think that this could reduce the risk of them developing chronic lung diseases as they get older," said Hancox, ...

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 ...

Clean Air Act May Be Saving More Lives Than Thought

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 – The number of Americans who die each year from inhaling fine-particle pollutants has dropped dramatically since 1970, thanks to laws that originated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That finding stems from an investigation, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, into the impact of EPA rules enacted by the 1970 Clean Air Act and ...

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 ...

Heavy Particles in Smog Up Kids' Asthma Risk

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 – Children who inhale coarse particles – like dust, sand or even rubber emissions from tires – increase their chances of developing serious asthma, new research indicates. The finding comes from the analysis of data on 8 million young people, 5 to 20 years old, in 34 U.S. states. It focused on the impact of their exposure to tiny bits of so-called "coarse" matter that ...

Teens Acting Badly? Smog Could Be to Blame

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Teens are more likely to behave badly – lie, steal, vandalize, use drugs – if they live in areas with heavy air pollution, a study of children living in greater Los Angeles suggests. Younger kids exposed to increased levels of air pollution tended to have delinquency scores similar to teens three or four years older, the study authors said, though the study did not ...

Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Fire and smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California aren't just destroying homes and lives, they're a serious health risk, as well. The smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and can cause coughing, wheezing or breathing problems, according to the American Thoracic Society. The smoke can be especially dangerous to those with lung diseases such as ...

Smoggy Streets May Make Daily Walk a Health Hazard

Posted 6 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – It's common doctors' advice to the elderly: Walk around the block each day to help stay fit. Trouble is, that advice might do more harm than good if you live in a neighborhood with smoggy air, a new study shows. British research suggests the unhealthy effects of breathing dirty air might outweigh whatever benefit the daily walk brings. "For many people, such as the ...

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