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Tree Loss Linked to Increases in Heart Attack and Strokes

December 14, 2015

Fast Company's Co.Exist reports on a new study from the USDA Forest Service, Drexel University, and the University of North Carolina provides further evidence of the value of trees. It shows that when trees go away, people suffer higher rates of cardiovascular disease.

The new paper, co-authored by Dornsife School of Public Health's Yvonne Michael, ScD, SM, associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, was published in the journal Health & Place, looks at the impact of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Detroit using data from the Women's Health Initiative, a large women's health survey. It shows that women in EAB-ravaged areas had 25 percent higher rates of "acute myocardial infarction," ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, or death from coronaries.

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