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China's Air Quality Dilemma

China's Air Quality Dilemma Editorials represent the opinions EDITORIALS of the authors and JAMA and not those of the American Medical Association. Reconciling Economic Growth With Environmental Protection stantially reduced only for the 2 months that the 2008 Olym- Francesca Dominici, PhD pic games were taking place but then returned to their origi- Murray A. Mittleman, MD, DrPH nal levels. Second, these multiple actions to reduce air pollution provided a unique opportunity for investigating EFORE 2008, CONCENTRATIONS OF AIR POLLUTANTS the health consequences of drastic and immediate changes in the city of Beijing, China, site of the 2008 Olym- in the air pollution mixture “as a whole” in addition pic Games, far exceeded acceptable standards, which to estimating health risks associated with exposure to in- Bcaused serious concerns in the international com- dividual pollutants. Third, in addition to better under- munity about the health and performance of Olympic ath- standing the toxic effects of the air pollution mixture, short- letes. To ensure acceptable air quality during the Olympics term intervention studies like this one can advance the (held from August 8-24) and the Paralympics (held from understanding of potential biological mechanisms of ad- September 6-16), the Chinese government launched a se- verse effects http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

China's Air Quality Dilemma

JAMA , Volume 307 (19) – May 16, 2012

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2012.4601
pmid
22665112
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Abstract

Editorials represent the opinions EDITORIALS of the authors and JAMA and not those of the American Medical Association. Reconciling Economic Growth With Environmental Protection stantially reduced only for the 2 months that the 2008 Olym- Francesca Dominici, PhD pic games were taking place but then returned to their origi- Murray A. Mittleman, MD, DrPH nal levels. Second, these multiple actions to reduce air pollution provided a unique opportunity for investigating EFORE 2008, CONCENTRATIONS OF AIR POLLUTANTS the health consequences of drastic and immediate changes in the city of Beijing, China, site of the 2008 Olym- in the air pollution mixture “as a whole” in addition pic Games, far exceeded acceptable standards, which to estimating health risks associated with exposure to in- Bcaused serious concerns in the international com- dividual pollutants. Third, in addition to better under- munity about the health and performance of Olympic ath- standing the toxic effects of the air pollution mixture, short- letes. To ensure acceptable air quality during the Olympics term intervention studies like this one can advance the (held from August 8-24) and the Paralympics (held from understanding of potential biological mechanisms of ad- September 6-16), the Chinese government launched a se- verse effects

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 16, 2012

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