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Letters Aircraft noise and health

PM0.1 particles from aircraft may increase risk of vascular disease

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6783
  1. Joel C Corbin, atmospheric scientist1
  1. 1Institute for Atmosphere and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
  1. joel.corbin{at}

Hansell and colleagues reported an association between exposure to aircraft noise and increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease in areas close to Heathrow airport.1 They considered several confounding variables, including air pollution. However, air pollution was represented by PM10—the mass concentration of suspended particles smaller than 10 μm—which does not reflect air pollution from aircraft.

Aircraft emit PM0.1 particles, which …

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