Studies Show Air Pollution May Be Even More Dangerous Than Thought

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Officials estimate that the effects of air pollution kill 35,000 people a year.

Air pollution has now been linked to everything from heart attacks to cancer and strokes, and research is now pointing to more widespread health effects – and people may be at risk even when pollution levels are deemed safe.

It is all in the air we breathe – pollutants that a new study suggests may be even more dangerous to our health than first thought.

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One report found the risk of stroke increased 30 percent just 12 to 14 hours after pollution rose to moderate levels. Another study showed decline in memory and attentions spans also on days when pollution levels were deemed safe, CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson reported Tuesday.

“We’re seeing real negative health effects, even at the levels that have been considered safe,” said Isabelle Silverman…

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