Children Living Near Highways Risk Lifelong Damage

<p>A 13-year study by researchers from the University of Southern California finds that children living near busy highway risk lifelong respiratory problems.</p>
January 28, 2007, 1pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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In the largest and longest study of its kind, USC researchers have found that children living near busy highways have significant impairments in the development of their lungs that can lead to respiratory problems for the rest of their lives.

The 13-year study of more than 3,600 children in 12 Central and Southern California communities found that the damage from living within 500 yards of a freeway is about the same as that from living in communities with the highest pollution levels, the team reported Thursday in the online version of the medical journal Lancet...

The research is part of an ongoing study of the effects of air pollution on children's respiratory health. Previous findings have detailed how smog can stunt lung growth and how living close to freeways can increase the risk of children being diagnosed with asthma...

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Published on Friday, January 26, 2007 in The Los Angeles Times
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