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Air pollution cancels positive health effects of exercise in older adults

DURHAM, N.C. -- Exposure to air pollution on city streets is enough to counter the beneficial health effects of exercise in adults over 60, according to a new study led by scientists at Imperial College London and Duke University. The findings, published Dec. 5 in The Lancet, show that short-term exposure to traffic exhaust on a busy street can cancel out the positive effects a two-hour stroll would otherwise have on older adults' heart and lungs.
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