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Air pollution

Bengaluru | Sep 19, 2019
High blood pressure? It could be in the air!

The leading cause of death in the world is not wars or famines but cardiovascular diseases, and worse still, we haven't fully understood what causes these ailments. Researchers believe it to be a mix of genetic factors, lifestyle changes, diet and environmental factors like air pollution, noise and our neighbourhood. In recent years, cases of high blood pressure and hypertension, which directly contribute to heart diseases, have increased, and those living in low and middle-income countries are the most vulnerable.  A recent study, published in the journal Epidemiology, aims to examine the associations between long-term exposure to ambient particulate air pollution, and prevalence of hypertension in adults from peri-urban India. 

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Bengaluru | Jul 19, 2019
India’s polluted air: What lies beyond Delhi?

Researchers from the Desert Research Institute, USA and Urban Emissions, New Delhi, India, have investigated the emission levels of multiple pollutants in twenty Indian cities, other than Delhi.

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Bengaluru | Jun 5, 2019
Beating the Blues of Air Pollution this World Environment Day

Every year, the 5th of June is observed as the World Environment Day to “encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment”. For 2019, the theme is ‘Air Pollution’, and the host country is China. On this occasion, Research Matters caught up with three leading scientists from the country that are actively pursuing research on different aspects of air pollution. The three researchers, Prof. A R Ravishankara, Prof. S K Satheesh and Prof. Navakanta Bhat shared their work and thoughts on the ‘burning’ problem of air pollution.

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Bengaluru | Apr 12, 2019
Each year, about 350,000 new cases of asthma reported among kids in India

Researchers from the USA and Canada estimated the incidence of asthma among children across the world that is triggered by nitrogen dioxide—a major constituent of the vehicular exhaust. 

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Bengaluru | Mar 26, 2019
Wiping off fossil fuels could save 3.6 million lives

Researchers estimate that half of these deaths, resulting in India and China, can be prevented.

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Bengaluru | Feb 19, 2019
Breathing poison? Air pollution is a leading cause of death in India, reports study

Researchers from about 100 institutions across India, present a comprehensive picture of the deaths, diseases and reduced life expectancy caused by polluted air in different states of India.

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Pune | Dec 21, 2018
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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and Sassoon Government Hospitals study how household air pollution can affect tuberculosis.

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New Delhi | Dec 4, 2018
Credit: Annie/ Gubbi Labs

With nine of the ten most polluted cities in the world located in India, the country is grappling with increasing pollution that is affecting the health and wealth of its people. In Delhi, the national capital, the news of increased particulate matter in the air hits the headlines very often. Although anti-pollution masks and air purifiers have gained popularity, they are often expensive and inaccessible to the common man.

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Bengaluru | Jul 2, 2018

In a new study, to be published in the journal Aerosol and Air Quality Research, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, take a closer look at various factors that caused air pollution during Diwali of 2016. 

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New Delhi | Feb 16, 2018

According to the World Health Organization, the safe limit of PM2.5 concentration for humans is 25 micrograms/cubic metre. But, the fact that at any given time, the  PM2.5 levels in Delhi hover between 303.9 and 408.2 -- way above the safe level -- is no news! Newspaper headlines scream on toxic pollution levels and people wearing protective masks has become a common sight.

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