Navigation Links
Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Tied to Tinier Babies
Date:2/6/2013

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women exposed to particulate air pollution -- commonly known as smog -- have a significantly greater risk of having a baby with a low birth weight, according to a large new international study.

Specifically, particulate air pollution refers to tiny particles emitted by vehicles, coal power plants and other sources. Low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds) is associated with increased likelihood of complications and death after birth, as well as chronic health problems later in life.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 3 million births in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. They found that the greater the amount of particulate pollution, the higher the rate of babies with low birth weight.

The study was published Feb. 6 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Although it shows an association between air pollution and low birth weight, it doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

"What's significant is that these are air-pollution levels to which practically everyone in the world is commonly exposed," study co-principal investigator Tracey Woodruff, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. "These microscopic particles, which are smaller than the width of a human hair, are in the air that we all breathe."

Woodruff noted that nations with tighter regulations on particulate air pollution have lower levels of these pollutants.

"In the United States, we have shown over the last several decades that the benefits to health and well-being from reducing air pollution are far greater than the costs," Woodruff said. "This is a lesson that all nations can learn."

Study co-author Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Spain, said in the news release: "This study comes at the right time to bring the issue to the attention of policy makers."

Nieuwenhuijsen noted the recent exceedingly high levels of particulate air pollution in Beijing. "From the perspective of world health, levels like this are obviously completely unsustainable," he said.

More information

The March of Dimes has more about low birth weight.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, Feb. 6, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Antibody therapy prevents gastrointestinal damage following radiation exposure in mice
2. Genetic variants, tobacco exposure and lung cancer risk
3. Leaded Gas Exposure Linked to Later Violence: Study
4. Majority of states fail to address youth exposure to alcohol marketing
5. Prenatal exposure to pollution especially dangerous for children with asthma
6. Novel biomarkers reveal evidence of radiation exposure
7. Education May Protect Brain From Exposure to Solvents
8. Taking Anti-HIV Meds Prior to Exposure May Help Prevent Infection
9. New research showing how real-life exposure to violence disrupts a childs sleep habits
10. BPA exposure effects may last for generations
11. How MyTownInsurance.com Helps Insurance Carriers Manage their Loss Exposure through On-Line Marketing
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Tied to Tinier Babies
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... will bring together more than 200 of the country’s top healthcare executives to ... , “The true benefit of the Forum is the provider-centric perspective, experience, expertise ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a ... for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015 on Monday, February ... and webcast for the investment community following the release at 4:30 PM ET. Investors ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Pediatric therapists are challenged to use evidence ... the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS) captures 20% more change in outcomes than other ... the Goal Attainment Scale, Education Resources Inc. is offering a course focused on ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The Club at Ibis ... prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award, as determined by the annual ... the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. , “We’d like to congratulate ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... – 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, February 26th: Amateur & Professional ... Elite Division - Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Ticket Prices $30, Social ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... Corporation ("Unilife" or "Company") (NASDAQ: UNIS ; ASX: UNS), ... its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 (three ... Financial Results for the Second Quarter of ... Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $4.5 ... Cash receipts from customers for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... February 9, 2016 ... heute den Abschluss eines Kooperationsvertrags mit 10x ... Lösungen in den Bereichen Next-Generation-Sequencing (NGS), Single-Cell-Biology ... ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) gab heute ... für die Entwicklung und Förderung umfassender Lösungen ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... February 9, 2016 QGEN ... collaboration with 10x Genomics to develop and promote ... and bioinformatics. --> QGEN ; Frankfurt ... 10x Genomics to develop and promote comprehensive solutions ... --> QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: