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27 September 2012 09:22
Children growing up close to a busy road are more likely to develop asthma, according to a new report
Almost 10% of children with asthma develop the condition due to living close to a road with heavy traffic, a new study has revealed. Children living near busy main roads are also more likely to suffer from severe forms of the breathing illness and be sent to hospital as a result, researchers at the University of Southern California discovered.
The study, which examined the effects of air pollution on young people suffering from asthma in Los Angeles, found that 8% of children with the condition lived within 75 metres of a road with high traffic density. Los Angeles is renowned for its high levels of car usage, with driving-related pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and ozone capable of exacerbating asthma.
California contains five of the US's most polluted cities, according to a recent report by the American Lung Association, underlining the need for travellers with asthma to take out
medical travel insurance to cover them in case of an attack. Rob McConnell, professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, said: "Our findings suggest that there are large and previously unappreciated public health consequences of air pollution in Los Angeles County and probably other metropolitan areas with large numbers of children living near major traffic corridors."
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
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29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
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18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.