Long Term Impact of Air Pollution on Infants

Many couples decide to give up city-living and move to the country in order to raise their children. New evidence from a Swedish study indicates that the sooner they do this the better.

Researchers from the  Karolinska Institutet, led by Göran Pershagen, MD, PhD, found that children exposed to air pollution in infancy had reduced lung function eight years later. The effects were greatest in boys, children with asthma and children with allergies.

The WHO estimates that 2 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, and in April 2012 MIT researchers released a study which showed in London, UK, 13,000 people die from emissions from cars, trucks, planes and power plants.

Time to clean up the air in our cities.

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