Harvard Health Letter

Study links long-term air pollution exposure to heart, lung problems

Harvard researchers have found that long-term exposure to fine particles in air pollution leads to higher rates of hospitalization for pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes in older adults. In a study published online April 17 in the journal PLoS One, researchers found that reducing your exposure to air pollution may help. Avoiding walking or biking near roads during heavy traffic periods is advised. In addition, stay indoors as much as possible during days with poor air quality.

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