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February 19, 2013

Researchers link air pollution to heart attacks

Ozone and particulate matter caused more heart attack deaths in Houston

Indo-Asian News Service

WASHINGTON — Air pollution and ozone levels may also play a role in precipitating heart attacks, warns fresh research from the US.

Rice University (Houston) statisticians Katherine Ensor and Loren Raun analysed eight years worth of data drawn from Houston's extensive network of air-quality monitors and more than 11,000 concurrent out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) logged by Houston Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Full story: Researchers link air pollution to heart attacks

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Nancy Slaughter Spanial Nancy Slaughter Spanial Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:14:22 AM I would like to see the same kind of research statistics for the correlation of air and water quality to numbers of cancer patients....numbers of cancer patients seem unusually high in the areas of Texas with high gas/oil production facilities. Anyone know where I can find those statistics?
Sara Janes Sara Janes Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:20:12 AM You would have to narrow the study to only types of cancer that could be related to potential pollutants in the area; it is very difficult to collect this kind of data but check with the American Cancer Society or the CDC. Keep in mind that even if there was a clear trend, proving a nexus is next to impossible especially with a disease like cancer that has so many potential causes.

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