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January 26, 2007
Children Living Near Freeways Risk Poor Lung Development
According to a report in the latest online edition of the Lancet, children who grow up near freeways and a large amount of car and truck exhaust not only have higher rates of asthma, but they may also suffer from underdeveloped lungs.
"Exposure from tailpipe emissions from motor vehicles potentially carries chronic health risks to children's lung development," said lead researcher W. James Gauderman, an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. "We found that kids who live closer to freeways had significantly less lung capacity, compared with kids who lived further from freeways."