Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Air Quality and Lung Function

This just in: Air pollution hurts children's lungs!

This study is published on the California Air Resources Board web site and was also in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers followed 6000 children in 12 different communities in Southern California while they were between 10 and 18 years old. They found that "children's lung function growth was adversely affected by air pollution, new cases of asthma and asthma exacerbations were associated with ambient air pollution levels, and school absences from acute respiratory illness followed rises in [ground level] ozone levels. We conclude that current levels of ambient air pollution in Southern California are associated with clinically important chronic health effects that have substantial health and economic impacts. These findings indicate the need for cleaner air for our children to breathe."

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