Children living close to a major road are significantly more likely to have asthma than children who live farther away, according to a study presented today at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 23.
The study found that children living within 75 meters (about 82 yards) of a major road had an almost 50 percent greater risk of having had asthma symptoms in the past year than were children who lived more than 300 meters (about 328 yards) away.
"These findings are consistent with an emerging body of evidence that local traffic around homes and schools may be causing an increase in asthma," said lead author Rob McConnell, M.D., associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. "This is a potentially important public health problem because there are many children who live near major roads."
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