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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Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt’s fuel subsidy

Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt’s fuel subsidy

India spent $16.9 billion on oil, gas and coal subsidies in 2013 and 2014 but the health costs to meet the burden of air pollution-linked diseases was eight times more at $140.7 billion, says a report by an European environmental non-profit organisation. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) assessed the spending of seven economically powerful countries on fossil fuel subsidies, and the health costs associated with fossil fuel subsidies. The report, `Hidden Price Tags’, said India can provide 375 million households with solar lamps or train nearly 32,000 extra doctors for rural…

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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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Shocking: Zero Pollution and Clean Water May Increase Asthma Risk in Kids

Shocking: Zero Pollution and Clean Water May Increase Asthma Risk in Kids

Pollution has almost become a way of life, particularly in India. We are so used to it that we don’t think of it as a serious threat to our lives. The capital city New Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world, and the consequences of it are evident with cases of respiratory diseases going up rapidly over the years. It is a serious concern and we need to make a conscious effort to prevent its health risks. Perhaps packing our bags and heading to a…

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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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Eat These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution

Eat These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution

The air we breathe has reached dangerous levels of pollution. People with no known respiratory problems are landing up in hospital emergency rooms. While the government does its bit to improve air quality, we would like to introduce you to some natural antioxidant nutrients that can help your body deal with this onslaught. The polluted air that we inhale introduces ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, diesel exhaust particles, etc. into our lungs. The protective antioxidants present in the lining of our lungs fight it out till they are outnumbered, thereafter…

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4 Quick-Fix Ways to Tackle Pollution

4 Quick-Fix Ways to Tackle Pollution

We live in times where pollution and smog have become buzzwords because of the enormous consequences. People from all walks of life have started to understand the magnitude of health problems caused by pollution. World Health Organization recently declared New Delhi as the most polluted city in the world. While policy level changes are underway to combat pollution, it’s time we took matters in our own hands and made lifestyle changes to increase our immunity. Here are some simple ways to protect yourself from pollution: 1. Lifestyle Changes A holistic…

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Europe Air Pollution Causes 467,000 Early Deaths a Year: Report

Europe Air Pollution Causes 467,000 Early Deaths a Year: Report

Almost nine out of 10 European city dwellers breathe air that is harmful to their health, though the continent’s air quality is slowly improving, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said today. Air pollution remains the single largest environmental cause of premature death in urban Europe, and was linked to around 467,000 early deaths in 41 European countries in 2013, according to an analysis of data from more than 400 cities. “Emission reductions have led to improvements in air quality in Europe, but not enough to avoid unacceptable damage to human…

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