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Underweight Babies Linked to Air Pollution


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JL
- 648 days ago - motherjones.com
Women who are exposed to air pollution generated by cars, power plants, and heating and cooling systems are more likely to have a baby that is born underweight, according to new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectiv



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JL A. (272)
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:45 pm


Mother Jones
Underweight Babies Linked to Air Pollution

By Kate Sheppard | Fri Feb. 8, 2013 6:52 AM PST

Women who are exposed to air pollution generated by cars, power plants, and heating and cooling systems are more likely to have a baby that is born underweight, according to new research [1] published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Low birth weightódefined as anything below 5.5 poundsóis linked to negative outcomes for babies, including increased mortality, chronic health problems, and stunted mental and physical development. The study, which is billed as the largest survey to date, looked at birth weight data on 3 million births recorded at 14 sites in nine different countries (across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia). Researchers analyzed ambient air quality data for the area during the woman's pregnancy. They found that in the places places they studied, "the higher the pollution rate, the greater the rate of low birth weight."

And, as one of the lead researchers noted in a statement [2], they saw effects even if there weren't crazy high levels of air pollution. "What's significant is that these are air pollution levels to which practically everyone in the world is commonly exposed," said Tracey Woodruff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California in San Francisco. "These microscopic particles, which are smaller than the width of a human hair, are in the air that we all breathe."
Source URL: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/02/air-pollution-linked-underweight-babies

Links:
[1] http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/pdf-files/2013/Feb/ehp.1205575.pdf
[2] http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/uoc--met020113.php
 

Angelika R. (144)
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:57 pm
Finally they are exposing these truth and publish it-but needs to still be picked up by MSM !! Thx!
 

JL A. (272)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:54 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Monday February 11, 2013, 7:21 pm


Pollution is a Global Killer
 

JL A. (272)
Monday February 11, 2013, 7:28 pm
Thanks for posting the topical video link Terry. For those who haven't watched it:
This video will take on an unbelievable journey. it will expose some facts concerning pollution that causes instability, disorder, harm or discomfort to the ecosystem i.e. physical systems or living organisms. We hope that this video will draw public attention and help increase consciousness to the environment.

note:
1. All contents on this video have secure proper permission!
2. This video is for Imagine Cup 2010, Digital Media competition

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Michael Kirkby (86)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 9:50 am
Noted
 

Patricia H. (454)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:54 am
noted
 

Winn Adams (199)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 4:28 pm
Noted
 

Birgit W. (150)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 7:41 pm
Thank you
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 7:47 pm
You are welcome Birgit
 
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