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The World in Medicine
March 16, 2011

Air Pollution in China

JAMA. 2011;305(11):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.294

Maintaining stringent air pollution control measures adopted in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics could substantially reduce the area’s residents’ lifetime risk of lung cancer from certain inhaled pollutants, reported researchers at Oregon State University and Peking University in Beijing (Jia Y et al. Environ Health Perspectives. doi:10.1289/ehp.1003100 [published online ahead of print February 8, 2011]). The study was one of the first to examine the health benefits of pollution-control strategies in a Chinese population.