Air pollution linked to spike in admissions for many conditions

It's not just patients with respiratory and cardiovascular disease that are affected, say US researchers

With continuing air quality alerts for parts of NSW this week, a US study warns that brief exposure to the tiny particles known as PM2.5 can increase hospital admissions for a wide variety of conditions.

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Harvard researchers used hospital data for US Medicare patients from 2000-12, examining the relationship between admissions for more than 200 conditions and air pollution — specifically the levels of particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter (PM2.5) — on the previous day.

While, as expected