The association of particulate matter (PM) with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is well documented. PM-induced ischemia is considered a potential mechanism linking PM to adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

We explored the association between acute changes in daily mean pulmonary artery (PA) and right ventricular (RV) pressures and concentrations of ambient fine particulate matter [PM with aerodynamic diameter ? 2.5 ?m (PM2.5)] as an explanation for previous associations between congestive heart failure (HF) hospital admissions and PM. In the Chronicle Offers Management to Patients with Advanced Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure (COMPASS-HF) trial, to see whether management of ambulatory

living close to main roads could put your child at risk. A study conducted by German researchers in the Munich metropolitan area showed that traffic- related pollution could be responsible for increasing the risk of allergy and respiratory diseases by more than 50 per cent in children. Parents were asked to fill questionnaires about their children

Traffic-related air pollution is consistently associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recent human and animal studies suggest that exposure to air pollutants affects vascular function. Diesel exhaust (DE) is a major source of traffic-related air pollution. The goal of this particular study was to study the effects of short-term exposure to DE on vascular reactivity and on mediators of vascular tone.

Biomass fuel is the primary source of domestic fuel in much of rural China. Previous studies have not characterized particle exposure through time

To assess the relationship between individual-based exposure to traffic-related air pollutants and allergic disease outcomes in a prospective birth cohort study during the first 6 years of life.

In this study the researchers assessed the association of short-term air pollutant exposure with inflammatory markers and lung function.

This study aimed to investigate the relationship between outdoor ambient air PM2.5 zinc levels and urgent health care utilization for children living in an urban area.

European states have agreed on legally binding limits on the airborne concentration of ultra-fine dust. The new directive on ambient air quality sets standards for reducing the concentration of fine particles known as PM2.5. Ultrafine particulate matter poses the biggest threat to human health as it can work its way deeper into the lungs than larger dust particles. The directive adopted this week mirrors closely the European Commission proposal of September 2005.

Air pollution is associated with significant adverse health effects, including increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Exposure to particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of PM2.5 increases ischemic cardiovascular events and promotes atherosclerosis. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that the smallest pollutant particles pose the greatest danger because of their high content of organic chemicals and prooxidative potential.

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