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Health Hazards of the Olympics

Published August 7, 2008 9:25 AM by Lynn Nace

It seems that each Olympic season introduces a new global healthcare risk. In years past, it was infectious diseases and blood doping, to name just two. This year, health officials warn potential spectators and athletes alike of the hazards associated with Beijing's poor air quality. Beijing officials report predictive measures of restricting automobile use and factory shutdowns. But is this a temporary band-aid that's too little, too late? If athletes have chronic conditions such as asthma and even allergies, how will Beijing's air quality impact their performance and, more importantly, their health?

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