28 Sep '12, 11pm

Traffic-Induced Asthma: Could your child be part of the eight percent?

Eight percent of childhood asthma cases are a result of living close (within 250 feet) to major roadways , concluded a new report out this week. Of the many studies associating traffic pollution with asthma, this one evaluating 27,000 asthmatic children in Los Angeles County really drives home the health hazard of pollution from busy roadways (for more, see this and this ). These findings confirm our understanding that air pollution not only makes things worse for people with asthma but can actually cause asthma to develop in healthy children. It is even more sobering when you consider that 45 million Americans live within 300 feet of a highway and many of them are children. In LA County, 18 percent of children live near busy roads (freeways, highways and “major arterials”). With traffic-induced asthma affecting so many children, we need to do more to lessen pollution from...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dbailey/traffic-induced...

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