Posted by: philadelphiadieseldifference | September 3, 2010

PM2.5 Again Linked to Health Risks

Alaska Epidemiological Study Links Increases in PM2.5 Concentrations in Fairbanks With Increased Hospital Visits (August 30, 2010) – A study conducted by the Alaska Department of Public Health in Fairbanks found increased hospital visits associated with higher 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels. Researchers found that there was a 6- to 7-percent increase in cerebrovascular disease-related hospital visits for every 10 microgram per cubic meter (Ng/m3) increase in 24-hour PM2.5 levels the prior day. In addition, there was a 6-percent increase in respiratory tract infection-related hospital visits for patients under the age of 65 for every 10 Ng/m3 increase in 24-hour PM2.5 levels the prior day. [For further information: http://www.epi.alaska.gov/bulletins/docs/b2010_26.pdf%5D

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