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Confirmed: Traffic Pollution Can Cause Asthma In Kids (Not Just Trigger It)

It’s long been suspected, but a new European survey confirms it: Children living near areas of heavy traffic are more at risk of asthma.

Previously, it was thought that pollution from traffic might only be a trigger for the condition, but the Los Angeles Times reports on a European study that it can also be a cause.

The study, covered in the European Respiratory Journal, examined the health of children in ten cities.

14 percent of chronic asthma cases in children were attributed to near-road traffic pollution. It’s the first time such a study has made a direct link between vehicular pollution and asthma cases, despite it being suspected for many years.

Dr. Laura Perez of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute was the report’s lead author.


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