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Bike commuters are exposed to higher levels of NO2 compared to homemakers

Long-term air pollution exposure may lead to an increase in incidences and mortality rates of chronic diseases and adversely affect human health. The effects of long-term air pollution exposure have not been comprehensively studied due to the lack of human mobility data collected over a long period. Recently, GGHDC completed a study led by Meng … Continued

air pollution exposure may be harmful for vascular development in young children

Air pollution is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease in adults. Air pollution is likely to change the arterial wall function and structure. Atherosclerotic vascular disease is a lifelong process and childhood exposure to pollution may play a critical role. At the GGHDC we investigated whether air pollution is related to arterial wall changes … Continued

Google Street View car starts measuring air quality in streets of Copenhagen

Since last month a Google street view car drives through the streets of Copenhagen to measure air quality throughout the city. Researchers from Utrecht University are responsible for the technical and scientific support of the project.   Among these researchers is Roel Vermeulen, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome Science at Utrecht University and member … Continued

Fuse your personal geo and health data online?

The research team at the Global Geo Health Data Center (GGHDC) is introducing the Personal Exposure Scan, a user-friendly website that provides data of five exposomes: air pollution (as proxy for NO2), fast-food, urbanity (greenness), heat island effect, and noise. Like to understand the impact of environmental change on health? The best way to find … Continued

Green Space alleviates symptoms air pollution in low SES areas

Research by the Healthy Urban Living team of Utrecht University correlates prevalence greenness with high blood pressure and diabetes. What is the impact of social and physical aspects of the neighbourhood environment on morbidity of the people living there? Which mechanisms play a role? Based on general practitioner’s electronic health records and spatial data on 181 … Continued

CVD incidence adults higher near urban fast-food outlets

Researchers of University Utrecht (UU) have identified relations between the residential fast-food environment and the individual risk of cardiovascular diseases in the Netherlands: a nationwide one-year follow-up study that currently is under review for publication. The study, lead by dr. Maartje Poelman, aims to contribute to existing literature by providing a longitudinal perspective on the fast-food environment and … Continued