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Cooking, highway pollution linked to high blood pressure

Published on Aug 26, 2014 3:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Women in China who are exposed to pollution from cookstoves and highways face a greater risk of high blood pressure, said a study out on Monday.

The study focused on the role of black carbon, which after carbon dioxide is the second leading human-caused emission driving climate change. It comes from burning wood, coal and fossil fuels.

About half of all Chinese households cook with coal and wood, the researchers said.

The study involved 280 women living in a rural area of northwestern Yunnan province, with an average age of 52. Eighteen per cent were overweight and 4 per cent were obese at the start of the survey.

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