Items Tagged ‘air pollution’

Ask the Doctors - How can air pollution increase the risk of type 2 diabetes?

July 20, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How can air pollution increase the risk of type 2 diabetes?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: A recent study found that air pollution increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. How can that be? Air pollution can’t possibly raise blood sugar levels. I can understand your disbelief.  My first thought when I saw this study was that it was correlative, not causative. In other words, air quality is simply […]

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Tags: air pollution, Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, metabolic dysfunction, pollutants, type 2 diabetes


Ask the Doctors - Will living near a freeway increase the risk of asthma?

May 21, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Will living near a freeway increase the risk of asthma?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: We live near a freeway with a lot of traffic.  Do I need to be worried about my kids developing asthma? This is a valid question.  Cars release a number of small particles into the air that can irritate the lungs.  This particulate matter, in addition to nitric oxide and black carbon, has […]

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Tags: air pollution, Ask the Doctors, asthma, Dr. Robert Ashley, emergency room visits, freeway, pollution, traffic


How to manage asthma on high-pollution days

March 15, 2018

How to manage asthma on high-pollution days

By uclahealth uclahealth

Asthma is a disease that affects one in 13 Americans, with children and teens affected more than adults. This condition causes swelling and inflammation of the airways, which makes breathing difficult. The attacks can be mild or severe, and in some cases, even life-threatening. While there is no cure for asthma, people can manage its […]

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Tags: air pollution, allergies, asthma, asthma in children, high-pollution, immunology, Pediatric Asthma Program, UCLA Division of Allergy and Immunology


Pedaling to work is good for your health, but be aware of traffic-related pollutants

July 28, 2017

Pedaling to work is good for your health, but be aware of traffic-related pollutants

By David Olmos davidolmos

Bike commuting has become more prevalent in Southern California and many cities across the country, and the health benefits of pedaling to work, such as an effective calorie-burning cardiovascular workout, are obvious. But what about the potential negative impact to your health of sharing the road with cars, trucks, and buses spewing pollutants a few […]

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Tags: air pollution, cardiovascular health, environmental health hazards, exercise, heart disease, mental health, physical fitness, smog


How air pollution might damage our gut health – and what we can do about it

March 10, 2017

How air pollution might damage our gut health – and what we can do about it

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

  Our gut bacteria affects our overall physical and mental health in ways researchers are only now starting to understand. A new study has found that air pollution may play a role in the impact of gut bacteria on our health as well – and not in a good way. UCLA researchers have found that […]

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Tags: air pollution, atherosclerosis, center for human nutrition, cholesterol, dr tzung hsiai, dr zhaoping li, fruits, gut bacteria, heart health, nutrition, research, scientific reports


Five surprising ways air pollution is making us sick

June 15, 2016

Five surprising ways air pollution is making us sick

By uclahealth uclahealth

Smog isn’t just unsightly. It’s downright dangerous. As you might expect, breathing in the small particles and noxious gases in polluted air can worsen respiratory problems, such as asthma and emphysema. However, your lungs aren’t the only things affected. In fact, air pollution can affect your health from head to toe, starting with these five […]

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Tags: air pollution, asthma, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cancer, chest pain, depression, emphysema, heart attacks, heart disease, heart failure, life expectancy, lung cancer