Monday, November 29, 2010

Impact of Air Pollution on Health

The Health Effects of Air Pollutants (59 slide pdf, 6th Annual Workshop on Air Pollution and Health, Jun. 15, 2009)

Also discussed here:

(2 min YouTube video)

Key Quotes:

“A recent Canadian Medical Association estimate for BC residents projected 306 premature deaths (of which 85% relate to long-term exposure), and 1158 hospital admissions for 2008 through exposure to air pollution”

“Long-term particulate exposure is associated with:

  • More frequent preterm births and low birth weight babies

  • Middle ear disease in children

  • Accelerated heart and lung disease”

“Short-term exposure results in:

  • Increased rates of myocardial infarction for those with risk factors for heart disease

  • Heart rate disturbances

  • Episodes of acute asthma and bronchitis

  • Reduced lung function”

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