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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."
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
13 January 2017
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.
31 December 2016
Budget airline Norwegian has said it will launch ultra-low cost flights for as little at £56 to New York as it ramps up the pressure on its rivals.
30 December 2016
Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their paintings, new research suggests.
29 December 2016
A positive outlook for the UK travel industry is being tempered by uncertainty over the economy, according to a new report.