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2012-04-18 13:31:51

Older adults may be at increased risk of being hospitalized for lung and heart disease, stroke, and diabetes following long-term exposure to fine-particle air pollution, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first study to look at the link between long-term effects of exposure to fine particles in the air and rates of hospital admissions. The study will be published online April 17, 2012 in PLoS ONE. Prior studies have reported an...

2012-03-29 08:50:49

Rice University study finds federal efforts most effective at cutting pollutants In a recent study published by the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, the Rice research group of environmental engineer Daniel Cohan looked at state implementation plans (SIPs) mandated by the United States Clean Air Act. SIPs detailed how states would attain standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for cutting ozone and other ground-level contaminants by 2009. The...

2012-03-01 11:17:56

10 principles for clean air released ahead of review of air quality legislation Urgent action is needed to reduce the high concentrations of dangerous air pollutants in Europe, according to experts writing in the European Respiratory Journal today (1 March 2012). The European Respiratory Society's Environment and Health Committee are urging policymakers in Europe to introduce changes that will ensure the air that we breathe is safe and clean. The call to action comes ahead of the...

2012-02-15 10:40:21

Short-term exposure (for up to 7 days) to all major air pollutants, with the exception of ozone, is significantly associated with an increased risk of heart attack, according to a review and meta-analysis of previous studies appearing in the February 15 issue of JAMA. The potentially harmful effect of episodes of high air pollution on health has been suspected for more than 50 years. "In industrialized countries, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and is associated...

China Releases More Detailed Air Pollution Data
2012-01-22 05:53:50

For the first time on Saturday, Beijing officials released data disclosing the amount of minute particles polluting the air in what Reuters has called "of the world's most heavily polluted capitals." According to the Xinhua news agency, the Beijing Environment Protection Monitoring Center revealed that a monitoring station in the city detected 0.003 micrograms of fine particular matter of 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter (PM2.5), which equates to an air-quality rating of "good." The...

2012-01-18 19:49:50

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists are reporting that the indoor air in offices is an important source of worker exposure to potentially toxic substances released by carpeting, furniture, paint and other items. Their report, which documents a link between levels of these so-called polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in office air and in the blood of workers, appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Michael McClean and colleagues explain that PFCs, used in...

2011-12-14 19:30:19

A study conducted by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has found that diesel exhaust particulates (DEP) and house dust extract (HDE) causes pulmonary inflammation that aggravates asthma. The study led by principle investigator Jiyoun Kim, PhD, professor of pathology, was published in the December issue of The American Journal of Pathology and was selected by the editorial board as the only article for an in-depth discussion in the journal's commentary section....


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.