Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Living near freeways makes allergies worse

From the Boston Globe:

BOTTOM LINE: Children who live close to a major road and are therefore exposed to traffic-related air pollution have an increased risk of allergies, eczema, and asthma, said Heinrich.

CAUTIONS: Other factors, like socioeconomic status, also contribute to the development of allergies, and though the study accounted for these, we cannot conclusively say that traffic pollution alone is the cause for higher allergy risk.

WHAT'S NEXT: The researchers plan to follow the children until age 10 or longer to see the effects of age and any family moves.

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