Deadly air pollution shortens life span by nearly 2 years

Air pollution, caused largely by burning fossil fuels, is cutting global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years per person, making it the world’s top killer, researchers said on Monday. The tiny particles ingested from polluted air shorten life more than first-hand cigarette smoke, which can reduce it by 1.6 years, and are more dangerous than…

The truth about whether masks and respirators protect us from Delhi’s air pollution

With face masks and respirators more visibly available than firecrackers in many upscale neighbourhood markets this winter, choosing the right one from a glut of options is becoming increasingly difficult. Do all respirators and masks protect against pollution? Which type would work best for me? Are expensive respirators substantially better than disposable, surgical masks? They do…

Delhi air pollution: Do’s and don’ts to survive toxic air

A thick cover of smog and dust has continued to blanket the national capital over the past few days. With air quality plunging to ‘severe or hazardous category’, even healthy people are facing issues such as breathlessness coupled with eye and nose irritation. According to the ANI report, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research…

Air Pollution, noise tied to cardiovascular diseases

If the air pollution is high, the level of transportation noise too increases. Along withair pollution, noise of car, train and so on, affects your health and can increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Reportedly, A comprehensive study conducted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), which was published in the…

Air pollution is linked to lung cancer among non-smoking youth, women

Air pollution has emerged as a major factor for lung cancer in India, especially among those below the age of 40, suggests a new study conducted by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), Delhi, along with Lung Care Foundation. The study found that 50% of cancer patients are non-smokers. Of the 150 patients who were successfully treated…

Switch to a Mediterranean diet for protection from air pollution

The Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the healthier diet options. Low in meat and dairy but rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and ‘healthy’ fats, the diet is believed to offer a host of health benefits. Studies have shown how it is good for the liver and the brain, effective in preventing heart…

Study suggests link between air pollution, Alzheimer’s

Smog blankets Mexico City on March 17, 2016.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Air pollution has been linked to strokes, heart attacks, autism, and raised blood pressure. Now, scientists say it might also be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at Lancaster University in the UK say they found an “extraordinary” amount of magnetite, an iron oxide toxic to…