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Air Pollution Makes Us Fat!

You may have overindulged a little over the last few weeks. But now it’s January and you’re paying the price for all those Christmas goodies you gorged on. So it’s time to detox and get healthy. But before you start on your regime of cabbage soup and celery sticks, you may want to keep an […]

Wildfire smoke. What EXACTLY does it do to the human body?

First let’s take a look at what it is. Primarily smoke is made up of Particulate Matter (PM). That’s microscopic particles of 2.5 micrometers or less. To get some perspective, a human hair is 70 micrometers across. Add to that, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, irritant volatile organic compounds (VOC’s for short) gases and […]

Killer Air

A GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, that’s what the WHO is calling today’s air pollution problem. Responsible for 1 in 9 deaths across the world. Air pollution kills far more people than HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.   And it’s not just the impact on our health to consider. The economic burden is huge at around […]

It’s time to raise awareness on COPD

This month is National COPD Awareness Month. COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the name given to a group of diseases that affects lung function and air flow. Symptoms of COPD often develop slowly, starting with breathlessness, wheezing and chest tightness. A COPD diagnosis is serious and can be quite daunting for many people. […]

Super fires. Is this the new norm?

This latest fire in California is by far the most destructive and deadly the state has ever seen. Over the last 12 months, this new wave of ‘super fires’ seems to be occurring more and more. What is happening? Why is the situation spiraling further out of control? There are a few factors at play […]

Advice for people with COPD

COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the name given to a group of diseases that affects lung function and air flow. Symptoms of COPD often develop slowly, starting with breathlessness, wheezing and chest tightness. A COPD diagnosis is serious and can be quite daunting for many people. But by making a few changes to […]

California suffers its most destructive forest fire

As fires continue to burn across California this week, it is clear this is the most destructive forest fire the state has ever seen. So far 50 people have lost their lives, local wildlife has perished, hundreds of thousands of acres have burned and more than 9,000 structures have been destroyed, many of them homes. […]

Air pollution linked to cancer of the mouth

Exposure to air pollution may increase our risk of developing cancer of the mouth, that’s according to a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. Mouth cancer is often associated with smoking, drinking and exposure to heavy metals. But there is emerging evidence to suggest it is also linked to air pollution. As […]