As famous for its traffic jams as it is for Hollywood star power, the Los Angeles, Calif. area has another dirty little secret: Air pollution is sickening pregnant women who live near roadways, more than doubling their risk of a premature birth, according to a new study....
A comparison of medical records from 81,186 single child births to air pollution levels in the area revealed that high pollution exposure raised the risk of a severely premature birth by 128 percent. Moms-to-be were also between 33 and 42 percent more likely to develop preeclampsia, an affliction characterized by high blood pressure that often forces doctors to induce premature birth in order to save mothers' lives.
The team's study is in due to be published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Monday, July 06, 2009
A new study from the University of California has confirmed an association between pollution levels and prematurity and other birth complications. From a Discovery News article L.A. Traffic Causing Premature Births: Study: