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Stress

25 July 2011

Parents' stress affects kids

Children living in high stress households are more vulnerable to lung damage from traffic pollution than children whose parents are less stressed out, a study finds.

Children living in high stress households are more vulnerable to lung damage from traffic pollution than children whose parents are less stressed out, according to the results of a new study.

"It makes sense," said Dr Jane Clougherty from the University of Pittsburgh, who was not involved in this study. "The bodily wear and tear induced by stress could make the individual more susceptible to the effects of traffic-related air pollution."

Air pollution levels varied widely, depending on where the children lived, from six parts per billion of nitrogen oxides to 101 parts per billion.

 

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