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Medical News & Perspectives
February 28, 2007

Studies Highlight Air Pollution Risks

JAMA. 2007;297(8):798. doi:10.1001/jama.297.8.798

Recent studies of air pollution's effects on the health of children and women have researchers calling for greater regulation of air quality.

Findings by researchers at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, and colleagues indicate that living close to freeways adversely affects lung development in children (Gauderman WJ et al. Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60037-3 [published online January 26, 2007]). In other work, investigators from the University of Washington, in Seattle, found an association between long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and death among postmenopausal women (Miller KA et al. N Engl J Med. 2007;356:447-458).