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20th February 2017
Ozone-related premature mortality highest in India

Air pollution has been under spotlight for quite some time now. Air quality in Delhi, in particular, has often been in the 'poor' or 'very poor' category since Diwali last year. Environmental pollution adds to the global burden of disease, both morbidity and mortality. High air pollution levels have been implicated in many diseases including respiratory disease, diabetes and heart disease.
 
Air Quality Index (AQI) takes into account eight air pollutants: PM10, PM2.5, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), Ozone (O3), Lead (Pb), Ammonia (NH3), carbon monoxide (CO). There are six AQI categories: Good (0-50), Satisfactory (51-100), Moderately polluted (101-200), Poor (201-300), Very Poor (301-400) and Severe (401-500). 
 
A new report 'State of Global Air 2017' released by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) last week states that 92% of the world's population lives in areas with unhealthy air. All told, long-term exposure to fine particulate matter-- the most significant element of air pollution-- contributed to 4.2 million premature deaths and to a loss of 103 million healthy years of life in 2015, making air pollution the 5th highest cause of death among all health risks, including smoking, diet, and high blood pressure.
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95% of Indians have poor oral health
Periodontal or gum disease often goes undiagnosed. Oral and systemic health are closely related and hence, oral hygiene is crucial.

New Delhi, Feb 19, 2017: Abnormalities in the oral cavity may affect systemic health, and systemic conditions may affect oral health.

Oral cavity is a reservoir of agents capable of causing specific odontogenic infections. Systemic conditions that predispose to periodontal disease include diabetes mellitus, disorders of the hematopoietic system, disorders that impair neutrophil function, and antineoplastic therapy. The main complication of periodontal disease is tooth loss.
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