New Study: Air pollution affects the health of unborn babies too | GBRI

It is a well known fact that air pollution is one of the leading causes of premature deaths around the world and how it proves to be disastrous for our lungs. Now a new study has revealed that air pollution is harming the health of babies inside the womb too.

Researchers at Imperial College London have found an association between exposure to road traffic pollution and an increased risk of low birth weights at term.

A low birth weight, which is less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces, can lead to health issues for some babies, such as breathing problems, an increased risk of infection, and low blood sugar. In the long term, babies born with a low birth weight are more likely than babies born at a normal weight to have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health conditions.

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