NIH study suggests higher air pollution exposure during second pregnancy may increase preterm birth risk

Pregnant women who are exposed to higher air pollution levels during their second pregnancy, compared to their first one, may be at greater risk of preterm birth, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Their study appears in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Preterm Continue Reading

Pollution and noise reduction advised in ESC guidelines on chronic coronary syndromes

The detrimental impact of pollution and noise on patients with chronic coronary syndromes is highlighted for the first time in European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines published online today in European Heart Journal Professor Juhani Knuuti, Chairperson of the guidelines Task Force and director of the Turku PET Centre, Finland Continue Reading

Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

Air pollution—especially ozone air pollution which is increasing with climate change—accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a new study led by the University of Washington, Columbia University and the University at Buffalo. While previous studies have shown a clear connection of air pollutants with some heart Continue Reading

Mercury pollution in the Great Lakes: A look at how it impacts fish and what must be done to make them safe to eat

With ongoing advisories about toxic fish and warnings to limit consumption, there is no doubt that mercury pollution is a serious problem in the Great Lakes. For many years, the levels of mercury in the fish there dropped as regulations on area factories tightened, but levels have started to rise Continue Reading

Study finds association between air pollution, coronary atherosclerosis in Chinese population

Spatial Distribution of Estimated Annual Pollution Concentrations in 2015 in China: A, Concentration of particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) per 1 × 1 km2. B, Concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) per 1 × 1 km2. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(6):e196553. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.6553 New research from the University at Buffalo provides pathophysiologic Continue Reading

Human-made phosphorus pollution is reaching dangerous levels around the globe

A new study carried out by the American Geophysical Union revealed that phosphorus pollution as a result from human activities appeared to have seeped into Earth’s freshwater bodies from 2002 to 2010. The study published in the journal Water Resources Research showed that a large portion of phosphorus fertilizers were not completely absorbed by plants. According to the researchers, Continue Reading

Study finds association between air pollution, coronary atherosclerosis in Chinese population

New research from the University at Buffalo provides pathophysiologic evidence of the effect of air pollution on cardiovascular disease in China. The findings also suggests that China may need to revise its standard for one type of pollutant. Researchers found that long-term exposure to particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, as Continue Reading

Air pollution associated with increased risk of emergency room admission for bleeding peptic ulcers

Exposure to elevated levels of nitric oxide (NO2) could trigger bleeding among patients with peptic ulcer, and increase the likelihood of emergency admissions, according to a study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health. The study utilized a case-crossover study in the city’s elderly population to determine the effects of differing Continue Reading