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Topic: Pollution, Air



Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients
But some antibiotics seem to reduce the risk, researchers find



Heating, Cooking Are Top Contributors to Air-Pollution Deaths Worldwide
Agriculture also accounts for significant proportion, study says



Air Pollution Exposure May Boost Risk of Early Death
Fine toxic particles are absorbed deep into lungs and blood, researchers say



Coal Ash Contains High Levels of Radioactivity: Study
End product from coal-fired plants may pose hazard to health and environment



City Grime Releases Pollutant When Exposed to Sunlight: Study
Scientists had believed harmful chemicals became inactive when trapped in grime on urban surfaces



Smog Threatens Visitors to U.S. National Parks: Report
Investigators found unhealthy ozone levels, haze plague many natural sanctuaries



Hospitalization Rates Jump Near 'Fracking' Sites: Study
Researchers suggest exposure to toxins, high noise levels may help explain link



Wildfires May Spark Heart Hazards for Miles Around
Fine-particle pollution linked to cardiac arrests, heart attacks, study finds



Fireworks Can Spark Bump in Air Pollution, Study Finds
July Fourth favorites release small particles that can harm the lungs, scientists find



Climate Change a 'Medical Emergency' Posing Major Risks: Experts
International commission says 50 years of global health gains could be undone



Health Tip: When Air Is Unhealthy
Stay indoors



Ancient Teeth Show Signs of Indoor Air Pollution
Researchers discover traces of charcoal, likely from cave fires, in tartar



'Green Space' at School May Help Kids Learn, Study Suggests
Expert says findings bolster the case for parks, playgrounds



Autism Linked to Higher Smog Levels, Study Says
But no mechanism explains the link so far, and one expert expressed skepticism



'Fracking' Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies
Pregnant women who live near multiple natural gas wells tend to have smaller infants, research suggests



Rise in Deaths Even When Smog Is Below EPA Standard: Study
Experts say stricter air pollution regulations are needed



Environmental Concerns Led to Jump in Cost of Asthma Inhalers: Study
Price of 'rescue' medication nearly doubled, researchers say



4 in 10 Americans Breathe Unhealthy Air: Report
Some cities showed improvements in air quality, while others had their worst record ever



Curbing School Bus Pollution Might Reduce Absences
Improved emission controls produced big benefits for students with asthma, study found



Beijing Olympics Study Hints at Smog's Impact on Birth Weights
Babies born when pollution was controlled were about a half pound heavier



Smog May Be Harming Your Brain
Tiny particles of pollution might shrink the brain and increase risk of 'silent' strokes, study contends



For Earth Day, Turn Off the Faucet and the Ignition
Experts remind Americans to conserve their natural resources



More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders
EMS workers join police, fire personnel still struggling with health problems, study finds



Exercise Beneficial Even in Polluted Air: Study
Negative effects from pollution don't negate health gains from workouts, researchers say



Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants May Spell Trouble for Kids
Small study found higher risk of ADHD symptoms, other thinking and behavioral problems



Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?
Possibly, one study suggests, while another links pollution to increased stroke risk



Smog Plus Pollen May Mean Even More Sneezing
Higher levels of airborne ozone, nitrogen dioxide might boost potency of birch tree allergen: study



Air Pollution Linked to Increased Stroke Risk, Study Says
Narrowed neck arteries more common in areas with higher levels of fine particulate matter



Decrease in Air Pollution Tied to Healthier Lungs in Children
Long-term Los Angeles-area study finds kids' lungs develop better with less smog



Moldy Homes May Mean More Asthma in Young Kids
Those with allergies at greatest asthma risk, study finds



Pollution Exposure Peaks at Stop Lights, Study Finds
Air levels of tiny toxic particles were 29 times higher than when car was moving in traffic



Workers May Be Afraid to Discuss Job-Related Asthma
People seem to be worried about how disease might affect their employment, income, experts say



Mercury Air Pollution Reflected in Ocean Fish, Study Says
Concentrations in yellowfin tuna are rising nearly 4 percent a year



58 Million Americans Exposed to Secondhand Smoke: CDC
Two out of five children breathing in passive smoke, study says



Test Your Home for Radon: EPA
The naturally occurring gas is tied to 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, agency says



Indoor Wood-Burning Can Affect Air Quality
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers tips to lessen fire's health impact



Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk
Expert notes, however, that potential threat is small



EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions
Health experts praised the new limits, but industry advocates said they aren't needed



Could Wine, Chocolate Help Shield Your Heart From Smog?
Researchers say air pollution's effects lessened in older men who consumed flavonoids, but more research needed



Air Pollution May Be Linked to Higher Rates of Kidney Disease
Study found other risk factors, including age and diabetes, don't fully explain variations in rates



ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure
Traffic and fossil fuels for heat, electricity biggest factors, study suggests



Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk?
Chromium, styrene implicated in preliminary study



Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study
Air-particle levels in smoking households almost 10 times higher than nonsmoking homes



Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant
Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says



Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage
Electronic stethoscope amplifies sounds of breathing changes, thickening of heart muscle



Sudden Cardiac Death a Risk for Women Living Near Major Roads: Study
May be as big a factor as smoking, obesity and poor eating habits, research suggests



Living Near a Highway May Be Bad for Your Blood Pressure
Traffic pollution, noise might be linked to raised risk, researchers say



Traffic Pollution Linked to Higher Levels of Obesity Hormone
Findings could help explain association between dirty air, risk for heart disease, researchers say



Minority Neighborhoods Face Greater Exposure to Air Pollution
Researchers tracked areas in 6 states to find Hispanic communities get highest exposure



Air in U.S. Cities Getting Cleaner, EPA Says
Levels of many toxins, pollutants have been lowered since 1990, according to the agency



Smog Controls Tied to Fewer Lung Disease Deaths in N.C.
Study of 20 years of data suggests federal mandates on cleaner air had positive impact on health



Obama Moves to Cut Power Plant Emissions
Reducing carbon pollution would boost health, backers say; GOP lawmakers, some business leaders skeptical of plan



Children's Asthma Linked to Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester: Study
Preliminary research finds timing of exposure an important element



Climate Change Will Make Breathing in Summer Harder: Study
As weather warms, some areas in U.S. will have many high ozone days



Could Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Strip Foods of Some Nutrients?
Study suggests significant decline in amounts of zinc, iron as CO2 becomes more abundant in the atmosphere



Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study
More nitrogen dioxide from exhaust fumes, power plants could mean increased deaths from heart disease, researchers say



Traffic Smog Tied to Hospital Stays for White Kids With Asthma
Among black kids in study, other factors appeared to play bigger role in asthma rehospitalizations



More Evidence Environmental Exposures Contribute to Autism
Where birth defects increased, so did diagnoses of the developmental disorder, study showed



EPA Sets Tougher Auto Fuel, Emissions Standards
Move would lower sulfur and other pollutants in gas, require cleaner engine technology



Old Wood Stoves a Costly Way to Keep Warm, Experts Say
Newer heating units use one-third less wood and produce 60 percent less air pollution than older models



Long-Term Exposure to Pollutants Ups Coronary Event Risk
Increased risk even at levels below European limits of 25 µg/m³ for PM2.5 and 40 µg/m³ for PM10



Cheap Chinese Goods May Mean More Smog in the United States
American consumers must shoulder some of the blame, researchers say



Smog Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk
Findings from European study support tighter air-quality guidelines, researchers say



Cheap Chinese Goods May Mean More Smog in U.S., Study Finds
American consumers must shoulder some of the blame, researchers say



Health Tip: Pay Attention to Air Pollution
Avoid outdoors when air quality is poor



Air Pollution Linked to Dry Eye Syndrome in Study
High rates of both seen in most major U.S. cities



Signs of Early Kidney Damage Found in Some 9/11 Responders
Researchers say those who were exposed longest to polluted air at Ground Zero were most affected



ASN: Particulate Matter at Ground Zero, Albuminuria Linked
For first responders, significant linear trend between exposure level, albumin-to-creatinine ratio



Ambient Air Pollution Linked to Low Birth Weight at Term
Reduction in PM2.5 concentration to 10µg/m³ could decrease low birth weight by 22 percent



Lower Smog Levels Tied to Lower Birth Weights
Pregnant women's exposure to air pollution from traffic, industry still too high, European study finds



High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems
European study author calls for lower air-pollution threshold



Smog, Stressed Mom May Raise Risk of Behavior Woes in Kids
Exposure to a combination of the two in the womb is worse than either alone, study suggests



More Deaths Among Older People During Economic Upswings: Study
Effect seen in both middle age and retirement in analysis of 19 nations



Car Ventilation Settings May Reduce Exposure to Pollution
'Recirculate' is the best choice to escape the smog, researchers say



Cutting Soot, Methane Will Benefit Climate Less Than Predicted: Study
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will do more to stem global warming, researchers say



Burning Incense Generates Harmful Air Pollutants
Also produces an inflammatory response in lung cells



Indoor Incense Triggers Lung Cell Inflammation, Study Shows
Researchers say this practice can cause response similar to secondhand cigarette smoke



Poll: U.S. Adults Support Smoking Ban in Cars With Kids
3 of 4 also agree homes of children with asthma, other lung problems should be smoke-free



2 Million Deaths a Year Could Be Due to Air Pollution: Study
Rises in ozone caused by humans mostly to blame, researchers say



Smoggy Days May Raise Your Odds for Burst Appendix
Study found the risk rose by up to 22 percent after consecutive high-ozone days



Smog Tied to Higher Risk of Lung Cancer, Heart Failure
Even low pollution levels linked to harmful effects in studies



Particulate Air Pollutants Linked to Lung Cancer Risk
Second study shows link between gaseous, particulate pollutants, heart failure hospitalization, death



Trees May Save a Life Each Year in Big Cities
U.S. Forest Service measured pollution-busting impact of 'urban forests'



Polluted Air Linked to Autism Risk
Pregnant women who live with smog at higher risk, but experts caution the finding is not definitive



Study Links Autism to Perinatal Exposure to Air Pollutants
Significant links for pollutants, including diesel, mercury; links stronger for boys than girls



ATS: Air, Noise Pollution May Raise Cardiovascular Risk
Exposure to particulate matter, nighttime noise from traffic linked to subclinical atherosclerosis



Living Near Major Roadways in Pregnancy Tied to Respiratory Woes in Children
Infants may have higher risk for conditions like pneumonia, study found



Noise, Dirty Air May Be Double Whammy for the Heart
Both pollution sources associated with hardening of arteries, study suggests



Living Near Heavy Traffic May Harm Kidney Function
Polluted air can lower organ's filtering ability, new research suggests



'Nonsmoking' Hotel Rooms May Not Fully Protect Guests
Partial smoking bans still left study participants with signs of tobacco exposure



Trees Plus Man-Made Pollution Creates Smog, Study Suggests
Interaction between pollution and molecules produced by nature may lead to lung cancer, researchers say



Secondhand Smoke Tied to Lower 'Good' Cholesterol in Teen Girls
Living with smokers may raise risk for heart disease, study suggests



Sampling New York Subway Air for Science
Little difference in microbial population thanks to well-ventilated system, researchers say



Air Pollution Linked to Marker of Atherosclerosis
Greater exposure to air pollution associated with greater increases in artery thickness



American Lung Association Stresses Clean Air Act Benefits
Despite uptick in short-term unhealthy air days, across the nation, year-round pollution declines



Many Americans Breathing Cleaner Air: Report
But some cities continue to have dangerously high levels of ozone and soot



Air Pollution May Speed Hardening of Arteries
Study found people exposed to higher levels showed more thickening of vessels



Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Might Raise Child's Cancer Risk: Study
But research needs replication before conclusions are drawn, experts say



AACR: ALL, Other Pediatric Cancers Linked to Air Pollution
Exposure to contaminants during pregnancy, early life are tied to increased risk



Traffic Smog Tied to Serious Birth Defects
California study found higher risk of spinal cord, brain disorders



EPA Proposes Cleaner Fuel, Car Standards
Regulations will prevent thousands of early deaths, hospitalizations, agency says



Health Tip: Take Care of Mold Problems
Here's how to clean it up properly



City Kids Exposed to More Lead From Contaminated Dust in Summer
Scientists found that wind, humidity raise levels of airborne particles



Air Pollution Ups Mortality Rate Post-ACS Hospitalization
Higher levels of PM2.5 linked to increased mortality, after full adjustment



Smog May Boost Death Risk for Heart Attack Survivors
British study followed 150,000 patients after discharge from hospital



Ozone Levels, PM2.5 Linked to Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Exposure to ozone at short time scales and on day of event linked to increased risk