Diesel causes heart disease

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  1. lovegroova

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    Before you buy a diesel, please consider the health effects...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6915057.stm

    Diesel fumes appear to combine with artery-clogging fats to raise the risk of heart disease, research suggests.
    Scientists found the two act in concert to switch on genes that cause potentially dangerous inflammation of the blood vessels.

    They hope their work will lead to a simple blood test enabling doctors to evaluate the impact of air pollution on a person's health.

    The UCLA study appears in the online journal Genome Biology.

    Anyone with chronic lung disease or coronary heart disease should avoid staying outside for long periods when pollution levels are high

    Cathy Ross
    British Heart Foundation

    Lead researcher Dr André Nel, an expert in nanomedicine, said the impact of diesel particles and cholesterol fats combined was much greater than the impact of each in isolation.

    He said: "Their combination creates a dangerous synergy that wreaks cardiovascular havoc far beyond what's caused by the diesel or cholesterol alone."

    The researchers focused on the interaction between diesel exhaust particles and fatty acids found in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - the "bad" type of cholesterol that leads to artery blockage.

    Both are sources of molecules called free radicals which cause cell and tissue damage, and can trigger the inflammation that leads to artery disease.


    I notice that a lot of the London congestion charge exempt vehicles are diesels because they have low CO2 figures, of course, there's much more to pollution than just CO2...
     
  2. WhyAyeMan

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    Anyone with half a brain knows that CO2 is just a load of balls anyway.

    In my job i have to walk through a city centre to my car so i can drive to my jobs. Funny how whenever i feel like spewing my guts up due to the pollution, its nearly always a cloud of diesel fumes from a bus that causes it, not the dozens of petrol powered cars driving by.

    Buses do about 2 MPG, and are filthy machines. But thats alright, because it doesnt spew out any CO2. In fact, according to some uninformed tree hugger, buses in fact save forests and dolphins, and wont someone think of the children....

    OK I've had a few too many tonight, but i am sure you lot know what i am getting at.
     
  3. lovegroova

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    I'd rather walk past one bus carrying 50 people than 50 diesel cars...
     
  4. richard plumb

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    and I'd rather walk past 50 petrol cars than 50 diesel cars.
     
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    Yep, I reckon the fumes from my 1300 MK I Fiesta are more pleasant than what spattered all over the front of my car from the exhaust of the Fiat Stilo that was pulling over to let me past earlier (just before I wiped the floor with it's turbo diesel backside)
     
  6. Bilbob

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    M diesel smells lovely... well, maybe a chippy isn't lovely to everyone, but it's one of the benefits of running on veg oil :)
     
  7. Squiffy

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    I'd rather be driving. :)
     
  8. WhyAyeMan

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    Both spot on :smashin:
     
  9. alexs2

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    Of course the other side to this is the potentially carcinogenic additives used in some petrol formulations,and as an example the concentrations of benzene in super unleaded....quite sufficient for you to be able to identify it by smell alone when you fill the tank.

    Practically speaking,BOTH have their drawbacks,their risks and benefits,and neither would be as "clean" as say something like bioethanol.
     
  10. dts_boy

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    i tihnk there is only one soltion - we all buy an M3 - its petrol so we are only tihnking of people's health!
     
  11. WhyAyeMan

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    Better still, buy one of those bio-ethanol powered Lotus Exige's, fastest "green" car in the world :thumbsup:
     

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