Health

The toxic air we breathe

When we think of health hazards, many things come to mind: bad nutrition, car accidents, addiction to drugs. But one we rarely consider is our exposure to particulate matter in the air we breathe. After all, aside from the ...

Pediatrics

First evidence that soot from polluted air is reaching placenta

Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research presented today (Sunday) at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

Health

Doubt cast over face mask benefit

Face masks are a common sight in some of the world's most polluted cities but a recent study has cast fresh doubt over their effectiveness.

Health

More than 40% of Americans breathe dirty air: report

(HealthDay)—More than two of every five Americans reside in counties with unhealthy levels of smog and air pollution, thanks largely to the effect of global warming, health researchers report.

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