Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Masks galore: Japanese ward off pollen, pollution

(AP)—On the sidewalks and the subways it's clear: Japan is becoming a sea of surgical masks. It's about pollen, about germs and even a little about China, its polluting rival across the sea.

Health

Smog causes surge in heart deaths: study

Exposure to higher levels of fine particulates—the airborne pollution that is an emerging problem in many Asian cities—causes a sharp rise in deaths from heart attacks, a study published on Wednesday said.

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