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Air Pollution Causes Lifelong Damage to Kid's Lungs

>From <www.gristmagazine.com> 9/9/04

18 AND LIFE
Air Pollution Does Long-Term Damage to Kids' Lungs

Regular exposure to air pollution can stunt the growth of children's
lungs, leading to a lifetime of reduced respiratory capacity, health
problems, and even early death, according to a landmark study
published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study,
the longest and most comprehensive of its kind, followed a group of
1,759 schoolchildren in Southern California from fourth grade to high
school graduation. Children breathing dirty air were up to five
times more likely to grow up with weakened lungs, a finding true
across the board, not just in children with preexisting conditions
like asthma. Professor C. Arden Pope, who wrote an editorial
accompanying the study, tried to put a positive spin on the results,
calling them "good news" because they confirm that "the control of
air pollution represents an important opportunity to prevent
disease." Hey, great!

straight to the source: Los Angeles Times, Miguel Bustillo, 09 Sep 2004
<http://www.grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3020 >

straight to the source: The Sacramento Bee, Edie Lau, 09 Sep 2004
<http://www.grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3021>