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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Smog and Premature Births: One More Reason to Clean it Up

Add it to Asthma, High Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular Diseases Did we need one more reason to to fight against smog? I don't think so, but we got one anyway thanks to a study to be published in Environmental Health Perspectives and covered by Discovery News. A team from the University of California, Irvine, has shown that pregnant women living within 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) of a major roadway in Los Angeles are 128% more at risk of giving birth prematurely. "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."

link: Smog is Increasing Risks of Premature Births by 128% : TreeHugger


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