Does Pollution from Afar have a Greater Health Impact than Locally Produced Traffic-Related Pollution?

The effect of secondary inorganic aerosols, soot and the geographical origin of air mass on acute myocardial infarction hospitalisations in Gothenburg, Sweden during 1985-2010: a case-crossover study (29 page pdf, Janine Wichmann, Karin Sjöberg, Lin Tang, Marie Haeger-Eugensson, Annika Rosengren, Eva M Andersson, Lars Barregard and Gerd Sallsten, Environmental Health, Jul. 29, 2014)

Today we review an extensive statistical analysis of 26 years of environmental and health data from Gothenburg, Sweden aimed at finding any associations from long range transport of air pollutants (especially with coal burning plants to the east that could affect Gothenburg) and from pollution created locally from vehicle emissions etc. Results indicate an increase in heart disease in winter from local emissions and no significant cross-relationship with pollutants from long range.

English: Smokestacks from a wartime production...

English: Smokestacks from a wartime production plant, World War II. Myanmasa:  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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