Diabetes

Uncovering the social factors lurking within diabetes risk

For assistant professor of sociology James Doucet-Battle, diabetes research is personal. His grandmother was diabetic, and that's part of what inspired him to delve into the issue through the lens of African American experience.

Health

3-D printers may be toxic for humans

Risk researchers are asking new questions about the health and safety implications and how to mitigate any potential health risks to users of 3-D printers and consumers of products manufactured with this emerging technology, ...

Health

How air pollution affects homeless populations

When air quality worsens, either from the smoke and ozone of summer or the inversion of winter, most of us stay indoors. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, that's not always an option. In a new study, researchers ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

In India, polluted air spells trouble for virus patients

A thick quilt of smog lingered over the Indian capital and its suburbs on Friday, fed by smoke from raging agricultural fires that health experts worry could worsen the city's fight against the coronavirus.

Oncology & Cancer

Climate change will give rise to more cancers

Climate change will bring an acute toll worldwide, with rising temperatures, wildfires and poor air quality, accompanied by higher rates of cancer, especially lung, skin and gastrointestinal cancers, according to a new report ...

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Air Quality Index

The Air Quality Index (AQI) (also known as the Air Pollution Index (API) or Pollutant Standard Index (PSI)) is a number used by government agencies to characterize the quality of the air at a given location. As the AQI increases, an increasingly large percentage of the population is likely to experience increasingly severe adverse health effects. To compute the AQI requires an air pollutant concentration from a monitor or model. The function used to convert from air pollutant concentration to AQI varies by pollutant, and is different in different countries. Air quality index values are divided into ranges, and each range is assiged a descriptor and a color code. Standardized public health advisories are associated with each AQI range. An agency might also encourage members of the public to take public transportation or work from home when AQI levels are high.

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