environmental health

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


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