Air Pollution from Traffic Near Schools Associated with Asthma Onset
Air pollution from traffic near schools has been found to be associated with the onset of asthma in children, according to research reported in the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal. During the 3-year course of the study, 120 children developed asthma, out of 2,500 previously asthma-free students.
Asthma is common among children in the U.S., and rates are increasing. Asthma is a lung disease that can cause difficulty breathing and wheezing, and leads to high rates of absenteeism among students.
Read the short article on the Environmental Health News website to learn more about how traffic pollution near schools in urban areas is sickening children all over the U.S.
Update: The Los Angeles Times reports that "Air filters will be installed in more than 40 Wilmington-area schools in an effort to alleviate asthma linked to pollution from the Port of Los Angeles." Link to the article