Latest Particulate Stories

2010-05-18 09:59:00

WALLWIJK, The Netherlands, May 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Indoor Air Quality Often Substandard Carpet manufacturer DESSO has introduced a new type of carpet specially developed to improve the air quality inside buildings. The indoor air quality is often far from ideal, mostly because of the high concentrations of fine dust and particulate matter. This can lead to health problems. The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science already announced an emergency measure in...

2010-05-17 06:45:00

People who live in urban areas where particulate air pollution is high tend to have higher blood pressure than those who live in less polluted areas, according to researchers from the University of Dusiburg-Essen in Germany. The researchers used data from the Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study, an ongoing population-based cohort study of almost 5,000 individuals that focuses on the development of heart disease. They analyzed the effects of air pollution exposure on blood pressure between 2000 and...

2010-05-11 10:55:00

The American Heart Association announced Monday that the scientific evidence linking air pollution to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death has "substantially strengthened, and people, particularly those at high cardiovascular risk, should limit their exposure." The group said that fine particulate matter from burning fossil fuels like gasoline, coal and oil is the clearest offender. "Particulate matter appears to directly increase risk by triggering events in susceptible...

2010-05-10 17:45:00

Air pollution is a risk factor for heart disease; however people can take action to reduce their individual risk Exposure to fine particulate matter over a few hours or weeks can trigger cardiovascular deaths, heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and irregular heartbeats, especially in susceptible individuals Long-term exposure to elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter even further increases cardiovascular risk and reduces life expectancy probably by several months to a few...

2010-04-29 15:33:00

Residents, Businesses Encouraged to Reduce Air Pollution HARRISBURG, Pa., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Friday, April 30, in the Liberty/Clairton region in Allegheny County. The Liberty/Clairton region includes Clairton, Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue boroughs. The air quality forecast predicts Friday will be code ORANGE for particulate matter....

2010-04-29 08:58:10

Particulate matter carries "Ëœendotoxins,' worsening the adverse reaction A post-mortem study of the hearts of 21 young people in Mexico City has found that the heart begins to show the adverse effects of air pollution at a young age and that tiny bits of inactivated bacteria that hitch a ride on pollutants may make the problem worse. The study is part of a growing body of research showing that air pollution can damage the heart and lead to increased risk of heart disease and heart...

2010-04-29 06:45:00

More than half of all the people living in the United States currently live in areas where pollution can make the air dangerous to inhale, according the American Lung Association's 'State of the Air 2010' report, which was released on Wednesday. According to the key findings of the report, which were published online by the American Lung Association, "the air quality in many places has improved, but that over 175 million people--roughly 58 percent--still suffer pollution levels that are too...

2010-04-28 07:18:00

SAINT PAUL, Minn., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Minnesota's grades improved in the latest American Lung Association State of the Air Report, earning passing "A," "B," and "C" grades for air quality in the 18 counties with enough data to be scored. The report is based on data collected and confirmed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the years 2006-2008. It does not include the most recent winter months, when southern Minnesota experienced a record number (23) of air...

2010-04-28 07:17:00

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association's annual State of the Air Report released today gives South Dakota fairly good grades for outdoor air quality. For particulate pollution measured in a 24-hour period, the state scored all "B" grades, with the exception of one "A" in Brown County. For ozone pollution, the three counties given a grade were Jackson and Minnehaha Counties with an "A" grade and Custer County with a "B" grade for ozone....

2010-04-28 02:00:00

Despite Gains, American Lung Association finds Healthy Air Remains a Goal, not Reality for Most U.S. Cities WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2010 report finds that a decade of cleanup measures to reductions in emissions from coal-fired powered plants and the transition to cleaner diesel fuels and engines have paid off in cutting levels of deadly particle and ozone pollution, especially in eastern and midwestern U.S. cities,...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.