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Emissions Trap Cuts Harmful Diesel Pollution
Date:4/11/2011

rom trucks and buses had to be reduced by more than 90 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"The findings also suggest that it is principally the particles, rather than the gaseous pollutants, involved in triggering adverse cardiovascular health responses to brief diesel air pollution," he added.

"Even brief exposure to particulate matter air pollution can rapidly trigger -- within hours -- adverse cardiovascular health responses capable or promoting an acute event such as heart attack or stroke in susceptible people. Available technology of particle traps appear capable of substantially reducing this risk," Brook said.

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For more information on air pollution, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: David E. Newby, M.D., Ph.D., British Heart Foundation, John Wheatley Chair of Cardiology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Robert D. Brook, M.D., associate professor of medicine, cardiovascular medicine division, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Martin Lassen, director of business development, Johnson Matthey, Inc., Malvern, Penn.; April 11, 2011, Circulation, online


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