30 Sep '11, 5am

Diesel Pollution and Asthma: More evidence that the two are closely linked

A comprehensive literature review of children’s exposure to traffic emissions done recently by the Health Effects Institute concluded that the evidence is “sufficient to infer a causal association for exacerbation of asthma.” Many studies have shown that proximity of residences to heavy traffic levels is associated with respiratory impacts such as cough, wheeze, persistent cough, asthma, and hospital admissions for asthma. The California Children’s Health Study, which began in 1992, found an 89 percent increase in the likelihood of being diagnosed with asthma for those children living close to freeways versus those living farther away. A recent review of California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data revealed a three-fold increase in asthma related hospital visits among children living in high traffic density areas. A similar study based on CHIS data attributes a 92 percen...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dbailey/diesel_pollutio...

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