LUNG ALERT: Air pollution hampers teenagers' lung development

Khan, A.
December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004, Vol. 59 Issue 12, p1045
Academic Journal
The article cites a study finding that air pollution hampers teenagers' lung development. The Children's Health Study recruited 1759 children from schools in Southern California and prospectively followed up these children from the age of 10 to 18 years, measuring lung function annually. Maximal mid expiratory flow rate (MMEF) were used as markers of lung development. Air pollution monitoring stations were established in target areas that recorded pollution data continuously over the 8 years. Linear regression models were used to adjust for confounding variables and to determine the effects. The study did not provide a mechanism for air pollutant effect, although the authors have suggested airway inflammation.


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