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Tower Hamlets study suggests particulates worse for children than thought.

June 9, 2009

Two studies, on from St Barts Hospital and one from Lancaster University suggest that particulates from traffic pollution are worse for children than predicted.   A BBC report shown on the news at ten tonight can be seen if you click on this link.  It includes a really graphic illustration of particles, how they spread and how they effect young lungs.

Professor Jonathan Grigg of the Centre for Paediatrics at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry told the BBC:

“Our findings in the East End of London are that children living here have slightly lower lung function than what we’d expect from the national average.

“Now, if that’s due to air pollution, as we suspect, they’re going to be at increased risk from a range of respiratory disorders such as asthma and infection, and may be at risk in adulthood.”

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