University study to identify how hazardous exercise can be in a polluted urban environment

Identifying how hazardous exercise can be in an urban environment filled with noxious particles in the air is the goal of a new study by Columbia University researchers Steven Chillrud and Darby Jack. Using biometric sensors, a wearable pollution monitor, and GPS, the study will detail participants’ exposure to toxins as they cycle through […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Air Pollution, Sport Medicine|0 Comments

Environment Found to Contribute to Several Human Diseases

“NIH researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers.”
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By |December 9th, 2014|Air Pollution, DNA, Genetics|0 Comments

Smart city initiatives focussing on finer grain air quality monitoring

“This fall, Chicago will install a network of 40 sensors to discover how new data sets can inform decisions that make the city a better place to live. The Array of Things initiative will begin with devices being installed on light poles at the University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Argonne […]

By |November 7th, 2014|Air Pollution, Smart City|0 Comments

Maternal Exposure to Criteria Air Pollutants and Congenital Heart Defects in Offspring: Results from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study

Researchers in North Carolina investigated maternal exposures to air pollutants during weeks 2–8 of pregnancy and their associations with congenital heart defects. Using daily maximum pollutant levels and exploring individual exposure-weeks revealed some positive associations between certain pollutants and defects and suggested potential windows of susceptibility during pregnancy.

Read their report: HERE

By |October 23rd, 2014|Air Pollution, Epidemiology|0 Comments

Air pollution controls in North Carolina reduced death rates from asthma and emphysema

According to a study published by Duke University scientists, the state of North Carolina’s success in reducing air pollution may explain a substantial decline in deaths from the respiratory illnesses asthma and emphysema during corresponding periods.

Read the paper HERE.

By |October 2nd, 2014|Air Pollution, Pulmonology|0 Comments

B.C. Sour Gas Rules Leave School Kids in Danger

An article by Vancouver Sun columnist, Stephen Hume, is reporting that children can suffer DNA damage and illness from leaking sour gas several kilometres away, yet B.C. allows wells within 150 metres of schools.

Read the article HERE

By |September 19th, 2014|Air Pollution, Genetics|0 Comments

Human exposure to urban air pollution may trigger toxic responses in brain cells and impact neurodegenerative disease pathways

Dr. Michelle Block and her team at VCU are on a mission to define the impact of air pollution on the brain and central nervous system.  In several peer-reviewed, published reports, Block and her colleagues have demonstrated that exposure to a diverse source of urban air pollution can trigger toxic microglial responses and impact neurodegenerative […]

By |September 4th, 2014|Air Pollution, Neurology|0 Comments

Protect Your Heart from Air Pollution

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution can trigger heart attacks, strokes and worsen heart disease.

People with heart disease should check the daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecast, which is color-coded. Code orange or higher represents a condition that can be harmful to your heart.

On bad air quality days, it is best […]

By |August 19th, 2014|Air Pollution, Cardiology|0 Comments

Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk

Estimates released by the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died (one in eight of total global deaths) as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

A video cast released […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Air Pollution, Mortality|0 Comments