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How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

Not good: For most of the year Beijing has an air pollution index which would be unacceptable in the US. Chinese are willing to put up with it as a sign of progress and the fact that they are earning a living. There will be a burden of disease in the long run which will be tragic. ...Read more

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Pollution (Definition)

Pollution is the introduction of chemicals and other materials into the environment that cause harm to living ...Read more


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How high is the air pollution in indoor parking garages and toll booths?

How high is the air pollution in indoor parking garages and toll booths?

Higher: Very high, if you are in la. Parking garages of course also higher. ...Read more

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Indoor air quality? Which indoor plants are helpful in cleaning air of co2 and other toxins?

Indoor air quality? Which indoor plants are helpful in cleaning air of co2 and other toxins?

All : All plants participate in photosynthesis, a chemical reaction that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds such as sugars, using the energy from sunlight. In general the more chlorophyll present (the substance that provides the green color to leaves), the more photosynthesis that will be taking place. Therefore as a general rule, the larger and leafier the plant, the more photosynthesis that will be occurring in the presence of sunlight. However, having more indoor plants will not result in a significantly lower carbon dioxide concentration than the rest of the atmosphere, as indoor air is always in communication with the rest of the environment. Also, carbon dioxide at these concentrations is not harmful to humans, and having indoor plants does not result in significant air detoxification that can be attributed to any meaningful health benefits. ...Read more

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Indoor air pollution. How helpful is a hepa filter?

Indoor air pollution.  How helpful is a hepa filter?

Great: Hepa filters are one of the best filters. Use according to room size. They are great. ...Read more

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Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause histoplasmosis?

Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause histoplasmosis?

Unlikely: You have not mentioned if the cat litter has been used by the cat. It is unlikely as the histoplasmosis is more in keeping with areas where you live such as the midwest or OHio River valley. If the little has been used you might think about how the litter is handled and can get toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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Does Naegleria Fowleri survive in tap water heaters that are chlorinated?

Does Naegleria Fowleri survive in  tap water heaters that are chlorinated?

Should not if: properly cholrinated. "Naegleria fowleri can grow in public and private water tanks and pipes, especially where little or no disinfectant (like chlorine or chloramine) is present. It can also grow in the pipes and water heaters of homes and buildings." REF: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/tap-faucet-water.html ...Read more

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Can diseases/problems arise from inhaling coal dust?

Can diseases/problems arise from inhaling coal dust?

Yes: A specific disease call coal miner's lung can develop with prolonged exposure to coal dust. ...Read more

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Will cigarette toxins contaminate food?

Will cigarette toxins contaminate food?

It depends: If the cigarettes are being ground up and placed in the food, it could contaminate it. Cigarettes being smoked could make the food less palatable due to odor -- but less likely to directly contaminate. Smoking while preparing food in restaurants may not comply with food safety regulations. ...Read more

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Do dust mites and their released allergens reside in clothing?

Do dust mites and their released allergens reside in clothing?

They can: Dust mites can live in clothing, although most people wash their clothes often enough for this to not be a problem. The biggest area they live is in bedding. If you're allergic to dust mites, you can get a special cover for your mattress. You should also wash your bedding regularly to keep them under control. ...Read more

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Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause toxoplasmosis?

Can inhaling the dust of cat litter cause toxoplasmosis?

Can't exclude possib: Cat litter contains cat droppings which harbor oocytes of toxoplasma gondii. These take about 7 -10 days to mature to an infective form for humans. Usually you get the disease by contaminating your hands and transferring the organism to your mouth by swallowing food, etc. Certainly not impossible to inhale and swallow organisms but not sure how one would prove this. ...Read more

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Dirty air in your house a risk if ragweed allergy?

Dirty air in your house a risk if ragweed allergy?

NO: Ragweed is a specific plant, which usually results in allergy symptoms in the fall. ...Read more

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Will putting water overnight in the fridge purify it from pollutants / contaminants?

Will putting water overnight in the fridge purify it from pollutants / contaminants?

No: Cooling water does nothing for removing chemical or biological contaminants. If the water sits overnight, larger particles may drop to the bottom, but the water will not be purified. For that one needs a filtration/ purification system, depending on what contaminants/pollutants are present. Have the water tested to find out what it contains & then contact experts for treatment. ...Read more

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Is aml related to environmental toxins like farm pesticides, fertilizers?

Is aml related to environmental toxins like farm pesticides, fertilizers?

Pesticides : Risk factors for AML tobacco use? Herbicides? Pesticides? – benzene exposure – xrt – topoisomerase ii inhibitors (e.g. Etoposide), alkylating agents – mds – other cell proliferation disorders cml, polycythemia vera, primary thrombocytosis, pnh. ...Read more

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Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

No harm: We humans are not that fragile (otherwise, we would have gone extinct long ago). A baby born today will grow up surrounded by trace amounts of industrial/chemical contaminants in the air, water, ground, food, etc. There is no useful way to identify these contaminants or what their effects are. Yet, kids grow up fine. Some companies do make HEPA air filters for heating and air conditioning systems. ...Read more

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Can inhaling the dust of cat poop cause toxoplasmosis?

Can inhaling the dust of cat poop cause toxoplasmosis?

Swallow, not breathe: You need to swallow toxoplasmosis in order to get sick. So if cat poop dust gets on your hands and you forget to wash your hands, you could possibly transfer the toxoplasmosis from your hands to your mouth. You can't catch it from breathing. ...Read more

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How does soil pollution affect your physical health?

How does soil pollution affect your physical health?

See: http://www.livestrong.com/article/137996-physical-effects-pollution/

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How is urban pollution affecting man?

Pollution: It's affecting us drastically. It's not only urban pollution. There are many factors ; scientists are mainly concerned about co2 emissions and methane. Coal ; and vehicle for co2 and animals produce methane. Many other problems but these cause changes in the atmosphere and global warming. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/u.s.-greenhouse-emissions-fall-but-methane-complicates-picture-16642. ...Read more

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What are the effects of noise pollution to our health?

What are the effects of noise pollution to our health?

Hearing loss: noises above 85 DB are shown to cause hearing loss Try to avoid loud noises. and individual subject ot elevated noise levels should wear hearing protection ...Read more

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Looking for air pollution level data?

Looking for air pollution level data?

EPA.gov: The following site is a good starting point. http://www.epa.gov/. ...Read more

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How can air pollution affect our health?

How can air pollution affect our health?

Increases many risks: It is estimated 3 million people die prematurely each year from outdoor air pollution and indoor air pollution also kills many. Air pollution increases risk of lung disease, heart disease, strokes and cancer. While most of these effects occur over time, bad pollution can cause acute deaths from asthma. See http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs313/en/ and http://tinyurl.com/y8fhtocm ...Read more

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How could air pollution affect people's health?

How could air pollution affect people's health?

Air pollution: Increase death due to lung and heart disease. Great google question. ...Read more

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What health problems are related to air pollution?

What health problems are related to air pollution?

Breathing problems: The biggest problems from air pollution are respiratory in nature. It can cause asthma attacks and make it more difficult for people with COPD to breathe as well. Humidity also has an affect on breathing. ...Read more

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How does industrial pollution affect human health?

How does industrial pollution affect human health?

Excess carbon: Since industrial pollution of air and water is connected to negative effects on air quality directly and weather patterns more broadly (heated oceans), human health is the direct target of excess carbon production. Recall images of Chinese citizens wearing face masks on the street or sad flotilla of dead fish. The shame of this abuse is the sale of bottled mountain air in urban industrial areas. ...Read more

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Which ohealth problems are related to air pollution?

Many : Please go to osha site it will inform you of all that reqires and there are many however we as occupation medicine physicians have a proleblem with what is listed as nuisance dust which has shown not to cause long term effect and for which proction is optional might be irritating on acute basis but not chronic one of this is titianium dioxide which is use to opacify liquids plastics paints it is a. ...Read more

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What effect, if any, does exercising in air pollution have?

Worsen lung problems: Air pollution or poor air quality can affect lung health and exacerbate any lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease. There is no strong scientific evidence for anything like the development of cancer or anything like that. ...Read more

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What are health risks that are associated with air pollution?

Many including death: It is estimated 3 million people die prematurely each year from outdoor air pollution and indoor air pollution also kills many. Air pollution increases risk of lung disease, heart disease, strokes and cancer. While most of these effects occur over time, bad pollution can cause acute deaths from asthma. See http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs313/en/ and http://tinyurl.com/y8fhtocm ...Read more

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Do you think the world should strive for no air pollution someday?

Do you think the world should strive for no air pollution someday?

No: We can minimize harm, and i'd hope we can make the air reasonably safe to breathe for everyone. Life's taught me that "zero-tolerance" never works. I would hate to live in a world that is so policed that i cannot relax around a campfire with my friends. ...Read more

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How high is the air pollution in indoor parking garages and toll booths?

Higher: Very high, if you are in la. Parking garages of course also higher. ...Read more

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What is the best way to recover from excessive exposure to air pollution?

Avoid polluted air!: Get out of the polluted air. If you are having continued pulmonary sx, and you did not say you were, see a physician. But avoid the polluted air. Do you live in la? Then it may be impossible! ...Read more

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What do the japanese use to help ease the asthsma attacks due to pollution?

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What do the japanese use to help ease the asthsma attacks due to pollution?

Same as US: The treatment for asthma , to the best of my knowledge, is not different from the us regardless of the cause. In the old days, the japanese used to use gold to treat asthma but this has never been adapted in the us and mostly abandoned. ...Read more

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How can air pollution effect health? What are the health effects of air pollution?

The small particles.: The small particles and acidic chemicals in air pollution are very irritating for our respiratory systems. That is why in heavily polluted cities there is an increased incidence of asthma and of infectious respiratory conditions. It is estimated that thousands of people who are vulnerable die from severe air pollution. ...Read more

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Sick since it got hot. Is it possible for people to be sensitive to air pollution?

Yes: People are sensitive to air pollution in varying degrees. When its hot, the air is capable of carrying even more so it is especially dangerous. Stay indoors if you feel sick. ...Read more

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My little baby has a lot of difficulties to breath. I think it is because pollution. What can I do?

My little baby has a lot of difficulties to breath. I think it is because pollution. What can I do?

?age?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages ; exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke ; other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion ; produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline ; suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment ; this will happen less. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about getting back into a poor health situation. Wondered is pollution a big factor in apnea?

Can you tell me about getting back into a poor health situation. Wondered is pollution a big factor in apnea?

See below: Sleep apnea can be due to many factors, including large neck size, high blood pressure, diabetes, nasal obstruction/congestion, smoking, alcohol use, and age. Of course, the environment plays some role in it by compounding nasal congestion. So it is not a "big" factor, but may play some role. Hope that answers your question! ...Read more