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Health effects of air pollution

Road near a railway underpass
Jacob West
Executive Director of Healthcare Innovation, British Heart Foundation
Opinion
12 Mar 2020

Clean air is vital for those with heart conditions

Clean air is good for everyone but we explore why it's especially important for those with heart conditions.

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Health effects of air pollution

Cars on road
Frank Kelly
Chair of Environmental Health, Imperial College London
Opinion
12 Mar 2020

Solving air pollution is within our reach

Kings College's Dr Frank J Kelly discusses why we require better evidence around what works in order to solve the issue of air pollution.

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Health effects of air pollution

Skate slopes in a park
Kate Langford
Kate Langford
Programme Director
Opinion
11 Mar 2020

Tackling the health effects of air pollution – key lessons

Air pollution is a complex issue. Here we share the key lessons guiding our approach to tackling the health effects of air pollution.

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Health effects of air pollution

Man on bike waiting at junction
Rachel Pidgeon
Rachel Pidgeon
Portfolio Manager
Reports

Our approach to tackling air pollution in inner cities

We are running a ten-year programme to tackle the health effects of air pollution and poor air quality in cities and other urban areas.

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Health effects of air pollution

Sarah at her job
Olivia Smith
Olivia Smith
Digital Communications Manager
Reports

Air pollution and people with heart and lung conditions

People with lung or heart conditions experience worsened symptoms from spikes in air pollution, with high levels of NO2 associated with increases in hospital admissions for asthma. In our inner-city area, those with health conditions are more likely to say that air quality has got worse.

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Health effects of air pollution

Alika and Alex playing in a playground
Olivia Smith
Olivia Smith
Digital Communications Manager
Reports

Air pollution and children

Air pollution can affect children’s organ development from pregnancy through to early adolescence, with children living near busy roads four times more likely than adults to have reduced lung function. Yet, our local parents are more likely than other groups to think the dangers of air pollution have been exaggerated.

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Health effects of air pollution

John sitting down
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Impact on Urban Health
Reports
09 Mar 2020

John’s story

John is 72 and lives in Southwark. He loves the hustle and bustle of the area, but is not very mobile and doesn’t get out as much as he’d like to.

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Health effects of air pollution

Marilyn
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Impact on Urban Health
Reports
09 Mar 2020

Marilyn’s story

Marilyn is a retired art teacher who lives in Brixton with her husband and three grown-up children. As a teenager she was treated for TB and, following the recent death of her brother, has become even more concerned about her health.

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Health effects of air pollution

Piarve
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Impact on Urban Health
Reports
09 Mar 2020

Piarve’s story

Piarve is the parent of Janila, 8, and has lived in Southwark all her life. Piarve works in events for an interior design company, as well as running sewing classes and other community fashion initiatives.

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