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GEOHealth India Hub 
A fully integrated research and training program aiming at air pollution and cardiometabolic diseases with policy relevance to improve health of Indians.
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  • To accelerate scientific infrastructure development, enhance capacity, and support the research needed to fully characterize the relationship between air pollution and health effects in India.

  • To build a critical core of environmental health researchers in India that will help develop the evidence base for health-centric policy-making across sectors.

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Hypertension and Fine particulate matter
pollution in Delhi 

  • Strong effects of fine particulate matter exposure on blood pressure (BP) as well as risk of developing hypertension.

  • Observed higher average systolic BP in monthly and annual exposures.

  • Positive but less pronounced associations were observed for diastolic blood pressure.

  • Average PM2.5 over durations of 1 year, 1.5 years, and 2 years increased the risk of developing hypertension by 1.5× (50% higher risk) 1.6× (60% higher risk), and 1.2× (20% higher risk), respectively.

  • Results were stronger in study participants with higher waist-to-hip ratios, which is an indicator of central obesity.

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