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Pollution takes heavy toll on Bay Area children with asthma

mercurynews.com -- Each year, asthma attacks send tens of thousands of California children to the emergency room. Some of the patients face such severe and enduring symptoms that they are admitted to the hospital for days. In 2010, the state had more than 11,000 such admissions, costing an average of $19,000 apiece.

Exposure to pollution has long been a concern for families across the Bay Area, from the waterfront industries in Oakland and Pittsburg to the oil refineries in Benicia and Martinez to the clogged freeways that traverse the South Bay and Peninsula. In Alameda County, the asthma hospitalization rate -- 20.3 stays for every 10,000 children -- is nearly twice the state average and the third-highest in California, next to rates in Imperial and Fresno counties. Some Oakland neighborhoods sent child


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Gnusman53
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just be glad you aren't in Houston....
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 3:06:18 AM

actually Fresno's problem is tied to several things -- including the blowing of pollution from the bay into the central valley.... and the central valley is loaded with dust and other airborne particulates
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This is not good.... just be thankful you're no in Beijing China.
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High gas prices have taken a toll on my piggy bank.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:47:27 PM

And our air is a whole lot cleaner than the Central Valley's air.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 5:59:25 PM


Yes, pollution is bad for children with asthma, all children and adults, too. What a surprise. Unfortunately, those who live near refineries are low income people who cannot afford healthcare.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 2:29:32 PM

This is one of the hidden costs of continuing to use fossil fuels--a common theme in my posts. Health care costs make the cost of using coal, for example, much higher than other fuels. It is just that the price of the needed health care does not get included in the market price. If it did, renewables would look better to more people in the marketplace.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 12:25:55 PM

Why isn't Los Angeles on this list? Our pollution should be higher than up north.

[Edited by: schatzila at 2/12/2013 12:26:20 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 11:09:11 AM

I am sure the same is true of any heavily populated area. At least being near the bay their air tends to get cleaned out more than inland areas...
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 10:49:12 AM

Good points BurntOrange. This story is a yawner as far as facts go.
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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:36:04 AM

Absolutely zero data in this article to tie pollution to the increased incidence of asthma.

Rates are higher in Fresno? Why is that?

In Austin, we have very high levels of asthma. Since outbreaks are highly seasonal, evidence supports it being related to increased pollen in the air, particularly ragweed and juniper (aka cedar fever).
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:53:51 AM

Not Good!
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Time to move
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:05:44 AM

It will take a toll on any one
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i wonder how much gas is there ?
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:49:39 AM

With all the electric and hybrid cars in the Bay Area...how is this possible?
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ok
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 5:18:28 AM

Pollution takes heavy toll on Bay Area children with asthma! Some people are affected with atmospheric pollution more than others. Before 1990 or earlier, some vehicles were still on the road and belching black smoke and were not very fuel efficient. I drove some of those vehicles and it was not uncommon to try to breathe on the street while walking, riding a bycycle or a motorcycle and not smell noxious fumes, smoke or bad smells from passing vehicles. It would leave you gasping for clean air many times. Times are much better now!
The atmosphere did not have very clean air to breathe and you did Not want to live downwind of refinieries or some manufacturing plants. The coal burning plants in England, at the start of the century, were some very bad polluting places to live downwind and people died early.
If you or your children have breathing 'problems' try to move to a 'cleaner' location.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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Sigh...
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:36:00 AM

In Kalifornia, how can that be?
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Give California back to Mexico?
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Big health bills down the road.
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Obamacare is the answer.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:18:27 AM

I'm sure this is growing into a widespread problem...
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:17:25 AM

hmm
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Oh boo hoo
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Move.
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ok
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CA is its own worst enemy.
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...people are a commodity in the way of profit...oh, wait, I thought that was other species we were stepping on...
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Not surprised, many things are ignored if its not in your back yard.
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Catalytic converters aren't the answer?
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abacus44 ... Yep but it only affects children. On re-reading this article, I can see also that it still has nothing to do with gas or energy prices.
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China's awful pollution may prove to be its ultimate undoing
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Nah comprof... we rely on you for that.... (grin)
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The owners of factories and refineries, do not care about the health of people. There only concern is profit. Yet idiots want to deregulate them, I guess they don't like clean air.
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From the headline, can we assume that pollution has no impact on children elsewhere?
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We do need to minimize all pollution. At the same time we can't return to pre industrialisation times.
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Calismogya!
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Worse than china some days with all the smog
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California smog is bad.
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I guess if you like the city life
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A beautiful area, but far too many people in such a very small space! Maybe the focus needs to be on more public transportation.
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HA4CNN hit the marke here. It would help the kids and screw opec at the same time. Win Win
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It is time to start running those cars on natural gas.
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it's advertised on San Francisco buses
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The price we pay for our addiction.
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I will stay in Texas.
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not good
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