Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Cancer diagnosis risk for women with sleep apnoea
Tues May 21st - Women with obstructive sleep apnoea are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than men with the condition, according to Greek research published last night. More
Technique uncovers signs of potentially fatal cardiac arrest
Tues May 21st - A brain imaging technique has been used for the first time to help identify the signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a UK study revealed last night. More
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...

Air pollution threat measured

Wednesday March 13th, 2019

Air pollution is a larger threat to global health than previously believed, researchers have warned.

New modelling techniques have been used by researchers in Germany, led by Professor Thomas Munzel of the University Medical Centre Mainz, to examine excess deaths due to air pollution.

The team states in the European Heart Journal yesterday (12 March) that: “Ambient air pollution is a major health risk, leading to respiratory and cardiovascular mortality.”

The team calculated hazard ratio functions using ambient air pollution exposure information to look at risk in Europe. This model simulates atmospheric chemical processes and their interactions with land, sea and chemicals from sources including energy generation, industry, traffic and agriculture.

This showed that about 790,000 deaths in Europe each year are likely due to air pollution. The team add that 40% to 80% of this excess mortality is from cardiovascular events.

They write: “We estimate that air pollution reduces the mean life expectancy in Europe by about 2.2 years. The health impacts attributable to ambient air pollution in Europe are substantially higher than previously assumed.”

The team conclude: “Our results imply that replacing fossil fuels by clean, renewable energy sources could substantially reduce the loss of life expectancy from air pollution.”

Professor Munzel said: “To put this into perspective, this means that air pollution causes more extra deaths a year than tobacco smoking, which the World Health Organisation estimates was responsible for an extra 7.2 million deaths in 2015. Smoking is avoidable but air pollution is not.

“When we use clean, renewable energy, we could reduce air pollution-related death rates in Europe by up to 55%.”

Lelieveld, J. et al. Cardiovascular disease burden from ambient air pollution in Europe reassessed using novel hazard ratio functions. European Heart Journal 12 March 2019 doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehz135

Tags: Europe | Heart Health | Respiratory

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)