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Airport Noise Pollution Is Worse Than a Nuisance–It Harms the Heart

Living near an airport may be hazardous to your health. That’s what scientists concluded in two different studies published in the BMJ. Investigators collected data from more than 3 million Londoners living within earshot of Heathrow airport. Those exposed to the highest levels of takeoff and landing noise had a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

A separate study involving more than 6 million Americans living near 89 airports around the country also found higher rates of cardiovascular disease among Medicare recipients in the noisiest zip codes. (Click on the link to see the map.) The investigators estimate that more than 2% of hospitalizations for heart disease among older people living near airports might be attributed to noise pollution.

[BMJ, Oct. 8, 2013]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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