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A new study reveals that children seem to be more likely to develop asthma if their kitchens, living rooms, or bedrooms have moisture damage or mold.
Visitors to Hawaii's Big Island who suffer chronic respiratory problems are being urged to take common-sense precautions because of air pollution caused by volcanic activity.
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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration will ban hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") in New York State due to concerns over health risks, according to a Dec 17 report in the New York Times
A new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimates that more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned in unregulated fires.
Major smog occurrences often are linked to heavy motor vehicle traffic, high temperatures, sunshine and calm winds.
Pregnant women living near the World Trade Center during 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes, says a new Princeton University paper.
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Trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms, according to environmental scientists.
Newborns exposed to dirt, dander, germs may have lower allergy, asthma risk
Infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life appear less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma.
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Children who are exposed in utero to high levels of particulate air pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy may be at greater risk of developing asthma in early childhood, according to a new study.
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Nearly half of the urban population being monitored is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times higher than the levels WHO recommends.
Improving air quality in NYC would boost children's future earnings by increasing IQ
Reducing air pollution in New York City would result in substantial economic gains for children as a result of increasing their IQs, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Health Policy.
Overweight US service members are 41 percent less likely to transition to clinical obesity when stationed at military facilities located at high altitude.
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A 3-D laboratory method has been developed to test asthma and allergy medications that could reduce the need to test the drugs on animals.
On average nationally, people of color are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) outdoor air pollution compared to white people, and the gap is associated with higher deaths from heart disease for non-whites.
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White children exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution were three times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital for asthma than white children without exposure, according to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
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A small nasal filter the size of a contact lens could alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies in an estimated 500 million people worldwide.
Overweight or obese adults are found to breathe up to 50% more air per day, making them more vulnerable to air contaminants that cause asthma and other pulmonary diseases.
Kids with high BMIs exposed to high levels of air pollutants had nearly triple asthma risk compared with non-obese children and lower levels of pollution exposure.
Unlike nose receptors, the newly discovered class of cells expressing olfactory receptors in human lungs are programed to send signals to the brain to release hormones that cause airway constriction.
Researchers found that in low-income countries where the annual gross national income fell below $15,000 per capita, COPD mortality rose with no clear link to smoking.