Tag Archive for 'air pollution'

Air pollution and poor lung health tightly linked

September 12th, 2014 by European Lung Foundation

New data has identified a clear link between higher levels of exposure to air pollution and deteriorating lung health in adult European citizens. This study confirms previous findings that children growing up in areas with higher levels of pollution will have lower levels of lung function and  a higher risk of developing symptoms such as […]

More evidence supports connection between traffic-related air pollution and cardiovascular disease

May 8th, 2014 by American Thoracic Society

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease. The research was published in the paper, ‘Traffic-related Air Pollution and the Right Ventricle. The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis‘, in the […]

Long term exposure to air pollution linked to heart attacks and angina

January 22nd, 2014 by British Medical Journal

Research conducted at the Department of Epidemiology in Rome, Italy and published in the paper ‘Long term exposure to ambient air pollution and incidence of acute coronary events’ on bmj.com suggests that long term exposure to particulate matter in outdoor air is strongly linked to heart attacks and angina, and this association persists at levels […]

The Kings’s Fund supports active travel for improved public health

December 12th, 2013 by The King's Fund

The King’s Fund, an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England, has produced the report ‘Improving the Public’s Health‘, which states that investing in the right public health interventions provides an excellent return on investment for local government as well as improving the health and well-being of local communities. The report […]

Health benefits from climate change mitigation

September 22nd, 2013 by Nature Climate Change

Global abatement of greenhouse gas emissions could save between 1.4 and 3 million premature deaths in the year 2100, reports a paper “Climate Change: Health benefits of mitigation” published this week in Nature Climate Change. These findings stress the value of improved air quality, which has previously been underestimated in studies of how reductions in […]

Long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution increases lung cancer risk

July 11th, 2013 by The Lancet

According to one of the largest studies of its kind published in The Lancet Oncology, prolonged exposure to particulate air pollution increases the risk of lung cancer (particularly adenocarcinoma, a cancer that develops in a substantial number of non-smokers) even at levels below the European Union limit values. “At this stage, we might have to […]

Vehicle exhaust fumes worsen failing hearts and fill hospital beds

July 11th, 2013 by British Heart Foundation

Air pollution is a danger to people living with heart failure, and increases their chance of hospitalisation, according to a global study by British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded researchers. The research, published in the paper “Air pollution and lung cancer incidence in 17 European cohorts: prospective analyses from the European Study of Cohorts for Air […]

Continued concern over incinerator emissions at Whispers Vinery

April 26th, 2013 by Paul Aitchison

The privately owned and operated Whispers Vinery waste wood incinerator at Vazon Bay had operated from March 2011 but following complaints from local residents about pungent smoke, and following emission testing, the plant was shut down after three months. In December 2012, the States of Guernsey gave the go-ahead for the waste wood incinerator to […]

Road traffic pollution contributes to chronic childhood asthma

March 22nd, 2013 by European Lung Foundation

Research conducted in ten European cities has estimated that 14% of chronic childhood asthma is due to exposure to traffic pollution near busy roads. The results are comparable to the burden associated with passive smoking: the World Health Organization estimates that between 4% and 18% of asthma cases in children are linked to passive smoking. […]

Traffic pollution exposure in early life associated with autism risk

January 2nd, 2013 by University of Southern California

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide during pregnancy and during the first year of a child’s life appears to be associated with a more than two-fold risk of autism, according to research conducted by University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles scientists. Exposure to regional pollution consisting of […]