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Air Pollution and Autism Risk

Prenatal exposure to a certain air pollutant may increase autism risk in children.

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WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most people consider their bed a safe haven, but new research suggests your body heat might trigger the release of potentially harmful chemicals from your mattress.

Mattresses are known to release minute amounts of gaseous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs come mainly from the polyurethane used in the mattress, ...

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Pregnant women receive a lot of instructions to ensure the healthiest possible baby: what to eat and drink, what to avoid, which vitamins to take, which activities to avoid and more.

But what about breathing?

Researchers have long been concerned about air pollution's effects on pregnancy, with possible consequences...

THURSDAY, June 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another finding that shows air pollution is bad for more than just your lungs, a new study suggests long-term exposure could raise your risk of high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome includes a number of health conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

In this study, res...

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One simple change in your diet -- replacing beef with poultry -- could go a long way toward curbing climate change, research shows.

Beef is the largest dietary contributor to greenhouse gases for average people, and replacing it can halve a diner's food-based carbon footprint and improve health, according to findings presented Monday at the Amer...

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Before you book that next trip, you might want to check the air pollution levels of the city you choose as your vacation destination.

A new study finds that just a brief visit in cities with bad air can lead to breathing problems that may take at least a week to subside.

Researchers assessed the lung and heart health of 34 healthy y...

THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Recent forest fires in the western United States have put a spotlight on a fire-management approach called controlled burning. Health researchers are weighing in, too, saying controlled burns pose less of an air pollution risk to children than wildfires.

Controlled, or prescribed, burns are done to reduce levels of material that can feed wild...

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Clean-air taxi rules in New York City increased cabs' fuel efficiency and reduced air pollution, a new study says.

Legislation introduced in 2006 required at least 9% of new medallions, or licenses, for yellow cabs be set aside for hybrid or compressed natural gas vehicles. It also encouraged companies to purchase low-emission taxis.

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WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Significant but uneven improvements in air quality have greatly reduced U.S. deaths related to air pollution over the past decade, a new study shows.

But researchers are concerned that climate change and regulatory rollbacks under the Trump administration will wipe out those advances and put thousands more lives at risk from bad air every ye...

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appear to have a harder time than men with the progressive lung disorder, a new study suggests.

Smoking is its leading cause, and while women report smoking less than men, those with COPD have more trouble breathing, more frequent flare-ups and a poorer quality of life, researchers foun...

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution levels have been declining for years, and researchers can now show that cleaner air is linked to fewer kids developing asthma.

The new study looked at nine California communities. The researchers found that reductions in certain pollutants were tied to about a 20% reduction in the odds of children developing asthma, a chroni...

TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tackling climate change makes economic sense, a new report claims.

The cost of cutting carbon emissions -- enough to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement -- would be offset by reductions in health problems and deaths caused by air pollution, the researchers found.

"These health 'co-benefits' of climate change policy are wide...

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As e-cigarettes gain fans, children may be losing out. New research suggests that vaping parents expose children to secondhand fumes that may be as harmful as tobacco smoke.

Nearly 5% of U.S. adults living with children use e-cigarettes, according to the study. And many of those kids have asthma.

"Although e-cigarette aerosols are...

FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Trees are cool -- and for cities, the more, the better.

That's because cities are heat islands, meaning they're significantly hotter than the rural and semi-rural areas around them.

Trees help reduce this heat island effect, and the cooling effect is strongest in neighborhoods with large numbers of trees, researchers discovered.

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WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic pollution causes about 4 million new asthma cases in children worldwide each year, new research shows.

Two-thirds of these kids live in urban areas, according to the study by researchers at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

"Our findings suggest that millions of new cases of pediatric asthma could be prev...

WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Living near a major road may significantly increase a young child's risk of developmental delays, a new study claims.

It also found that children whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to high levels of specific types of traffic-related air pollution had slightly higher odds of developmental delays.

"Our results suggest that...

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution caused mainly by white Americans has the greatest impact on black and Hispanic Americans, a new study says.

"Similar to previous studies, we show that racial-ethnic minorities are exposed to more pollution on average than non-Hispanic whites," said lead author Christopher Tessum, a research scientist at the University of Washing...

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A toxic byproduct of Agent Orange is still widespread in Vietnam's soil and water and is getting into food supplies, a new study claims.

Agent Orange was a chemical defoliant widely used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1975. The herbicide contained dangerous dioxins.

"Existing Agent Orange and dioxin researc...

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Forests are changing in ways that could mean they emit more gases that contribute to smog, acid rain and respiratory problems, a new study suggests.

"This study has profound implications for future air quality. Human activities, such as fire suppression, fertilizer use and climate change, are causing forest populations to shift from stands of ...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live and work in counties with dirty air have a shorter life expectancy and are more likely to die from a stroke, a new study suggests.

For the study, researchers analyzed health and air pollution data gathered from nearly 1,600 counties across the United States between 2005 and 2010. The study focused on adults aged 35 and ol...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rising ozone levels and air pollution may be sending more people to U.S. emergency rooms with breathing problems, a new study finds.

In fact, increased ozone levels, a main component of smog, sent people of all ages to emergency rooms, the researchers found.

For each increase in ozone of 20 parts per billion, emergency room visits...

MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may not only make it hard to breathe, but it may also make you unhappy, a new study suggests.

In China, air pollution reportedly causes an average of 1 million premature deaths each year and costs its economy $38 billion.

But it also affects people's happiness, according to researchers led by Siqi Zheng. She is an assoc...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is already having clear effects on human health, according to a new review that describes the situation as a "health emergency."

"Climate change is causing injuries, illnesses and deaths now from heat waves, infectious diseases, food and water insecurity, and changes in air quality, among other adverse health outcomes," said ...

MONDAY, Dec. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One of your New Year's resolutions should be to be good to your skin, and dermatologists have 10 ways to help.

"All the stresses and excesses of the holidays can leave your skin in bad shape, which makes you feel low, too," said Dr. Megan Rogge, an assistant professor of dermatology the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A common houseplant to help keep your home's air cleaner and safer?

Scientists report they have genetically altered pothos ivy to filter certain hazardous chemicals from household air.

Many people use HEPA air filters to reduce levels of allergens and dust particles in their homes. But the molecules of the chemicals benzene and chl...

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic-related air pollution may play a role in development of autism, new research suggests.

A Canadian study found that exposure to a common air pollutant during pregnancy was tied to higher odds of a child being diagnosed with autism by age 5.

That pollutant, nitric oxide, is associated with traffic pollution, the researchers not...

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first drug to combat farting in livestock has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Yes, you read that right: When fed to beef cattle under specific conditions, Experior results in less ammonia gas released by the animals and their waste.

"Today we're announcing the approval of the first animal drug that reduce...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with asthma who live in areas with dirty air require emergency medical care more often than those with less exposure to air pollution, a new study finds.

The Columbia University study included nearly 200 children with asthma in New York City, ages 7 to 8. They came from middle-class families in four of the city's five boroughs: the...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Polluted air may trigger as many as 33 million asthma-related emergency room visits globally each year, a new study finds.

"Millions of people worldwide have to go to emergency rooms for asthma attacks every year because they are breathing dirty air," said study lead author Susan Anenberg, of George Washington University in Washington, D.C....

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Government corruption is Americans' biggest concern, a new survey contends, but worries about the environment are also a dominant fear.

The 5th annual Survey of American Fears from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., was based on a nationally representative sample of 1,190 U.S. adults and conducted in June-July of this year. People were aske...

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Exposure to the main ingredient in smog may be linked to a type of bleeding stroke, according to new research.

Studies have shown an association between clot-caused ischemic stroke, the most common type, and fine particulate matter such as air pollution from car exhaust. But few, if any, have investigated how air pollution like...

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may offer protection from heart attacks caused by smog, preliminary research suggests.

Working with human lung tissue and mice, Northwestern University researchers found that metformin reduces pollution-triggered inflammation linked to heart attack and stroke.

"These findings suggest metformin as a poten...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says.

Middle-aged men living in 64 municipalities throughout Taiwan were more likely to develop oral cancer if they lived in places with high levels of air pollutants, the researchers report.

Those exposed to the highest levels of...

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The very air you breathe may make you vulnerable to developing dementia, a new study suggests.

British researchers found that people exposed to higher levels of air pollution had 40 percent higher odds of developing dementia.

"We found that older patients across greater London who were living in areas with higher air pollution were...

MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists warn that soot from polluted air is reaching the placenta of pregnant women, possibly harming the health of unborn babies.

Tiny carbon particles released by the burning of fossil fuels enter a woman's bloodstream when she breathes polluted air, said a research team at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom.

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FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Widely used household and industrial chemicals may harm the kidneys, researchers say.

These manufactured chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are not biodegradable. People are exposed to them through contaminated soil, food, water and air.

"The kidneys are very sensitive organs, particularly when it comes to...

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even low levels of air pollution can pose a threat to the lungs of cigarette smokers, researchers say.

They tested 29 nonsmokers, 71 smokers without lung disease, and 58 smokers with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The study found that the lungs of both groups of smokers could be harmed by levels of ...

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rising levels of carbon dioxide caused by air pollution are making crops less nutritious, a new study warns.

That could put hundreds of millions of people worldwide at risk for protein, zinc and iron deficiencies and related health problems, the researchers said, with people in poor countries at most risk.

"Our research makes it clea...

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Healthy people exposed to even low levels of air pollution over a handful of years developed enlarged heart chambers, a common precursor to heart failure, a new study indicates.

While previous research has established a firm link between air pollution and higher risks of heart disease and heart-related death, the U.K.-based study ...

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 an...

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 man...

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone knows that exercise is good for your heart, but what if your only option is to run or walk through smoggy city streets? Does it still pay off in the long run?

Yes, contends a nearly 20-year study.

"Air pollution isn't an excuse to skip exercise. Even in areas with pollution, exercise still helps," said Dr. Peter Mercurio....

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 fu...

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Add another health harm to air pollution: New research suggests it might increase the risk of diabetes, even at levels considered safe.

Cutting air pollution could reduce diabetes rates in countries with both higher and lower levels of air pollution, the researchers said.

"Our research shows a significant link between air pollution a...

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs born in the summer are at higher risk for heart disease than pups born at other times of year, according to new research.

Scientists think exposure to outdoor air pollution may be to blame.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine analyzed data from the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals on almos...

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The deadliest form of black lung disease is on the rise among American coal miners, a new study finds.

Increases in cases of progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) are occurring despite measures to control coal dust that were put into place decades ago.

The finding stems from an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data on former coal min...

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When you fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, beware: Those tantalizing aromas hold an underestimated health risk.

Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). You can be exposed to significant PAH levels simply by breathing in the sweet scent of barbecu...

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Closing coal and oil plants may lead to fewer premature births and improved fertility in neighboring communities, according to two new studies.

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley found that preterm deliveries dropped 20 percent to 25 percent in California after eight power plants closed down between 2001 and 2011.

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TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 th...

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 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 ...

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