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Smoggy Days Raise Short-Term Odds for Stroke

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to air pollution, even for just a short time, drives up your risk of having a stroke over the next few days, new research warns.

That conclusion stems from a review of 110 studies conducted across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Depending on the specific nature of the pollutant in question, stroke risk rose anywhere from 5% to 28% within less than a week after first being exposed to high levels of air pollution.

The team also pinpointed a notable increase in the risk of dying from a stroke within a week following air pollution exposure. That jump ranged from just 2% to as much as 60%, depending on the type of pollutant studied.

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What Are Seasonal Allergies?

More than 67 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. But, what is an allergy? What is an allergic reaction? What are common allergy symptoms? What allergy treatments are available?

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What is Pollen?

Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States. Pollen is an airborne allergen, which is picked up and carried by the wind. Various trees, grasses and weeds create pollen, which can cause hay fever, irritate your eyes and skin.

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