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Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Poor Asthma Control

New research suggests that there is a strong connection present between persistent exposure to air pollution, as well as poor asthma control.

The study carried out by researchers was composed of 481 adults diagnosed with the inflammatory airway disease called asthma. The details provided by the adults about their respiratory condition from 2003 and 2007 were compared to the levels of pollution in the air in five particular cities where the participants have lived in France.

The researchers examined the levels of ozone, nitrous oxide and particulate matter in the air. These three components are the types of air pollution.

According to the study, about 44% of the adults had good asthma control, 29% had fair asthma control and 27% had poor asthma control. The study says older people and women were more prone to have uncontrollable asthma.

Results of the study suggest that there is a strong connection between very poor asthma control and levels of particulate matter and ozone. The chances of having poor asthma control was 69% higher among those exposed to ozone for a very long time and 35% for those exposed to particulate matter.

Asthma is an airway disease that manifested by shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. It is genetically-inherited, but can be triggered by several environmental factors. As of 2010, about 300 million people were affected by this condition.

The researchers concluded in a journal news release that both ozone and particulate matter concentration in the air jeopardize the control of asthma in adults. They say their findings are very strong.

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MTV Brings “Spring Break” to Vegas

The teen-oriented cable network will bring its college spring break tradition and make it an affair exclusive to adults in the city of sin, Las Vegas.

MTV’s yearly tradition will be taken from the typical beaches of Mexico and Florida to the dynamic pools of Palms Casino Resort near the popular Las Vegas Strip. It will be held next month, from March 6 to 10.

This year’s “Spring Break” is a five-day MTV event with concerts and parties featuring rising personalities and acts from the cable network’s reality shows. It is the first time MTV will film the special gathering in Las Vegas since it began in 1986.

The shift will change the ambience of the network’s yearly celebration. But for the Palms, it will bring more midweek customers at a time when Las Vegas is welcoming visitors who are willing to spend money on gambling and partying.

However, underage teens are not allowed to enter the party given the tight gambling and state regulations. Palm’s owner George Maloof said everyone should be at least 21-years old to be at the pool. They will enforce plenty of security to make sure of that.

College students have been seeking special places with relaxed laws on spring break since they don’t usually turn to a legal age of 21 until they are junior or senior students at school.

For example, Mexico allows drinking at the age of 18. Thus, it makes Rosarito and Cancun Beach popular destinations for college students to spend their midterm breaks.

However, Maloof said MTV’s Spring Break will fit with Palms even if casino market seemed appropriate only for 21-years old and up.

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