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The World in Medicine
November 19, 2003

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JAMA. 2003;290(19):2535. doi:10.1001/jama.290.19.2535-a

Higher levels of air pollution increase the risk of hospitalization for stroke, especially in warmer weather, according to a new study by researchers in Taiwan. The findings were published on October 9 in an online edition of Stroke (http://stroke.ahajournals.org/).

The researchers found there were more than 23 000 hospital admissions for stroke from 1997 to 2000 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and compared air pollution levels on the dates of admission with levels one week before and after admissions. They found a significant association with two pollutants—particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide—especially on warmer days (20°C or warmer).

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