Delhi air pollution: Your blood type may indicate risk of heart attack from pollution

Delhi air pollution: Your blood type may indicate risk of heart attack from pollution

People who have A, B, or AB blood types are at an elevated risk of having a heart attack during periods of significant air pollution, compared to those with the O blood type, a study warned today. The ABO gene — which is present in people who have A, B, and AB blood types — is the only gene that is been validated in large international studies to predict heart attacks among people with coronary disease, researchers said. Previous research also suggested that blood type are the best indicator of your…

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6 Natural Ways to Purify Air at Home

6 Natural Ways to Purify Air at Home

As Delhi’s air pollution remains at hazardous levels, we’ve listed 6 natural ways to purify at home. Did you know: The air inside your home is actually 2 to 5 times more polluted and toxic than the air you breathe outdoors? It’s appalling, really. We go for regular health check-ups, pop pills on a daily basis, stress over allergies, but neglect the most basic thing there is – the quality of the air we breathe 24/7. Everything from the mattresses we sleep on to our kids’ pajamas can contain harmful chemicals and toxins. Dr….

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Govt seeks asset valuer for Air India stake sale

Govt seeks asset valuer for Air India stake sale

As the government prepares to peg a price tag to Air India for its stake sale, it has invited applications for an asset valuer for the national carrier as well as its subsidiaries and overseas offices. The Union Cabinet has given its in-principal approval for disinvestment of the debt-laden Air India and has constituted a group of ministers to chart out the future course of action. According to the tender document floated by civil aviation ministry, the asset valuer will have to carry out the valuation of land, buildings, aircraft,…

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Tackle Air Pollution And Strengthen Respiratory System With These Foods

Tackle Air Pollution And Strengthen Respiratory System With These Foods

Air pollution is one of the biggest threats to human health, triggering numerous ailments including breathing disorders. It causes the respiratory system to weaken and fall prey to allergies and ailments like asthma. According to WHO, pollution is responsible for exacerbation of asthma and increase in respiratory infections. Increased morbidity and mortality, due to cardiovascular diseases including stroke, chronic respiratory diseases and cancers have been attributed to air pollution. The polluted air we inhale introduces nitrogen, ozone, nitrogen oxide, diesel exhaust particles, et al. While it is imperative to do…

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Tackle Air Pollution And Strengthen Respiratory System With These Foods

Tackle Air Pollution And Strengthen Respiratory System With These Foods

Air pollution is one of the biggest threats to human health, triggering numerous ailments including breathing disorders. It causes the respiratory system to weaken and fall prey to allergies and ailments like asthma. According to WHO, pollution is responsible for exacerbation of asthma and increase in respiratory infections. Increased morbidity and mortality, due to cardiovascular diseases including stroke, chronic respiratory diseases and cancers have been attributed to air pollution. The polluted air we inhale introduces nitrogen, ozone, nitrogen oxide, diesel exhaust particles, et al. While it is imperative to do…

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Daily dose of vitamin B can help you fight air pollution

Daily dose of vitamin B can help you fight air pollution

Vitamin B supplement can potentially reduce the harmful impact of particulate matter on human body, claim researchers.(Images: Shutterstock) Taking a vitamin B supplement everyday can help mitigate the effects of the most dangerous type of air pollution, claims a new study. Published on Monday, the research suggests that vitamin B supplement could potentially reduce the impact of the tiny particles on the human body, although they stressed that research was in its early stages and the sample size was small. Particulate matter, or PM, is a type of air pollutant…

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‘Very Serious’ Air Pollution, Urgent Steps Needed: Supreme Court

‘Very Serious’ Air Pollution, Urgent Steps Needed: Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court expressed concern over the increasing air pollution in Delhi saying it was a “very serious problem” and solutions need to be found urgently. A bench of Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice P.C. Pant said that some victims of air pollution suffer due to inefficient systems and non-implementation of norms. “This pollution problem is very serious. If you talk for years for a solution, then it is a problem,” said the bench after it was told by amicus curiae and senior advocate Harish Salve that there…

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Air Quality in January Relatively Better than Last Year: SAFAR

Air Quality in January Relatively Better than Last Year: SAFAR

Residents of the national capital have breathed “relatively better” quality air this season so far compared to last year. According to the Ministry of Earth Science’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), this is largely due to weather conditions that have not contributed towards accumulation of suspended particulates. “The recent spell of rain has washed out the particulates. So the city is enjoying the season’s best quality of air at this moment. January till now has been relatively better than last year,” Gufran Beig, Project Director…

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Bad air worse again, fog to return

Bad air worse again, fog to return

Delhi’s air quality plummeted to the “severe” level on Friday–first time this December–as the weather deteriorated and the Met office warned of dense fogin isolated pockets over the weekend. For nearly a month, the air quality index (AQI) kept fluctuating between “poor” and “very poor” categories. There were many “severe” days in November, the last was on November 29. But on Friday , levels of PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) shot up by many times. The sky appeared hazy through the day. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),…

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What are states doing to fight bad air?

What are states doing to fight bad air?

Raising concern over the poor air quality in Delhi and its adjoining area, the NCR Planning Board on Tuesday asked its member states Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan -to submit their action plans. It also asked the state governments to increase forest cover to 20% from the present 3.3% and to start land acquisition for building seven new inter-state roads “immediately”. The board also noted that the forest cover in the NCR had reduced to 3.30% of the entire geographical area in 2012 from 4.30% in 1999. The states…

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