Breathe Project http://wesa.fm en Asthma In The Region Examined In Summit For World Asthma Month http://wesa.fm/post/asthma-region-examined-summit-world-asthma-month <p>May is World Asthma Month, and in an effort to raise awareness of diagnoses, treatments and other asthma-related issues, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals gathered for a one-day summit.</p><p>One of the goals is to draw attention to how many asthma sufferers there are in the Pittsburgh area.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:04:32 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29335 at http://wesa.fm You Could Be 20 Times More Likely to Get Cancer in Allegheny County, Study Says http://wesa.fm/post/you-could-be-20-times-more-likely-get-cancer-allegheny-county-study-says <p>A study released Thursday by local researchers finds people living in Allegheny County have a substantially higher risk of getting cancer due to simply breathing the air over the course of their life time than those who live in 20 other counties in the area.</p><p>The report from the Heinz Endowments-supported Breath Project based its findings on publicly available data looking at the predicted levels of more than 200 toxic air pollutants.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:23:56 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20208 at http://wesa.fm Breathe Project Honors Clean Air Champions http://wesa.fm/post/breathe-project-honors-clean-air-champions <p><a href="http://breatheproject.org/">The Breathe Project</a>, a program of the <a href="http://www.heinz.org/index.aspx">Heinz Endowments</a>, honored three local champions of clean air and sustainability on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Hill House Association.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:18:23 +0000 Liz Reid 15921 at http://wesa.fm EPA School Flag Program Monitors Pittsburgh Region’s Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/epa-school-flag-program-monitors-pittsburgh-region-s-air-quality <p>The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are partnering on the so-called School Flag Program, which debuted last week at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park.</p><p>“The School Flag Program was developed by the EPA, and it’s an engaging, hands-on way for students to inform their entire school and community about the region’s air quality and then to take necessary steps to minimize their exposure to high levels of air pollution,” said Karrie Kressler, of GASP.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:34:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10321 at http://wesa.fm EPA School Flag Program Monitors Pittsburgh Region’s Air Quality Summit Assesses Overall Health Effects of Pittsburgh Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/summit-assesses-overall-health-effects-pittsburgh-air-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Air quality in Pittsburgh is </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-air-getting-cleaner-its-still-dirty" style="line-height: 1.5;">getting cleaner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but it continues to negatively affect the health and well-being of city residents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Breathe Project and Allegheny General Hospital convened a summit Tuesday — World Asthma Day — to examine the overall effects of poor air quality, from increased instances of asthmatic attacks, higher mortality rates and cancer.</span></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 20:29:41 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9128 at http://wesa.fm