Environmental News

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New research conducted by German and Swiss researchers reports that air pollution directly affects cognition and is not mediated by lung function.
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New study finds that the contaminants in the air released from fracking may pose a health risk to those exposed and increase respiratory issues.
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One-in-three Americans lives in the “sneeziest and wheeziest” cities and regions where they are exposed to both ragweed pollen and ozone smog pollution that can worsen respiratory allergies and asthma.
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A USA Today report discusses the high number of health problems experienced by EMS workers who responded to the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in 2001, including breathing problems and depression.
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According to research in the European Respiratory Journal, the air quality in a nursing home significantly affects the lung health of its senior residents.
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Research reveals an association between the haze in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness.
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Researchers at the University of Southern California have found that children in Los Angeles have much better lung development than a similarly aged group did in the 1990s.
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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.