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BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6711 (Published 28 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6711
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
  1. The BMJ
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It shouldn’t be news to anyone that air pollution causes disease, disability, and death, but this week we add new causes and costs to the charge sheet. Yaguang Wei and colleagues reviewed data from over 95 million US Medicare claims, harvesting a long list of conditions and huge costs associated with short term exposure to airborne particulates (doi:10.1136/bmj.l6258­­­­). These associations remain even at levels of pollution below the World Health Organization’s guideline. This confirms the view that there is no safe lower limit, say our editorialists (doi:10.1136/bmj.l6609).

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