Study finds elevated lung problems near Logan Airport

The state Department of Public Health today released a study of people living around Logan Airport:

Among children, study results identified some respiratory effects indicative of undiagnosed asthma (i.e., probable asthma); children in the high exposure area were estimated to have three to four times the likelihood of this respiratory outcome compared with children in the low exposure area.

Among adult residents, individuals diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were statistically significantly more likely to have lived in the high exposure area for three or more years.

The study found no increased cardiovascular issues or hearing loss.



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    A avaliação da associação entre a concentração de poluentes aéreos do aeroporto e os resultados clínicos de interesse na população estudada detectou algumas elevações no resultado clínico respiratório na área de maior exposição.


    Em crianças, os resultados do estudo identificaram alguns efeitos respiratórios indicativos de asma não diagnosticada (ou seja, asma provável); estimou-se que as crianças residentes nas áreas de maior exposição teriam uma probabilidade três a quatro vezes maior de ter esse resultado respiratório comparado com as crianças residentes em áreas de menor exposição.

    Entre os residentes adultos, indivíduos diagnosticados com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica (DPOC) tiveram a probabilidade estatisticamente significativa mais alta de terem morado em uma área de alta exposição durante três anos ou mais tempo.

    1980's Data Skewed

    Years ago, (1980's) when protesting an expansion of a trash burning facility in my area, I checked some data. From Logan airport to Newburyport MA Harbor, the air quality from jet fuel, auto and truck emissions, and trash burning plants, already exceeded acceptable EPA levels. In the hot humid weather it was worse. Wind currents determined which areas got hammered.
    But....because the data came from different counties, it was skewed by those wanting to distort and bury the facts.


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    The eastern parts of cities tend to be the most polluted for this reason

    Back in the late 90s when I

    Back in the late 90s when I lived in Dorchester we had a good vista of Logan all the way west to maybe the Fenway. When the weather was hot and still, you could see a brown haze develop over the airport over the course of a few days. It would go away if the wind picked up, or if it rained.

    So, this report doesn't surprise me much at all.

    ETA: I'm only surprised that things aren't worse. The map would explain why my allergies were off the charts during the years I lived in Dorchester, but dropped off to nothing when I moved to JP. It made no sense, because in Dorchester I was surrounded by pavement and close to the water, whereas in JP, I was surrounded by the Arboretum and the Southwest Corridor. But, I wonder if the air-quality issue explains it.

    In East Boston especially

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    In East Boston especially when it rains, A strong odor of Airplane exhaust fumes lingers in the air, you can also taste it in your mouth, the fumes are not from cars, they are from Jet planes! But people that live in East Boston ignore these facts about lung cancer rates/studies and are in denial.Is there high lung cancer rate in Bedford /Hanscom airport, how about people who live near JFK airport any lung cancer rates.The first people that will get lung cancer are those who work on the tarmack, bagage handlers ,fuel pumpers, ramp agents etc.Has there been a study on former airline workers at logan!