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Particulate matter: short-term but high-impact exposure at public gathering in Germany
  1. Alexander Gerber,
  2. Maja Krause,
  3. David Groneberg
  1. Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexander Gerber, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, Frankfurt am Main 60590, Germany; gerber{at}med.uni-frankfurt.de

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Particulate matter (PM) air pollution is increasingly regarded as a global health threat1 and China in particular is frequently criticised for having problems with haze and air pollution.2 A systematic analysis of the global burden of disease in 2010 described a shift of risk factors away from communicable diseases in children towards non-communicable diseases in adults. Ambient PM air pollution was specified as a key, new risk factor in the global disease burden.3

While the effects of long-term exposure to PM …

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