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21 May 2013

Living near highway in pregnancy bad for baby

Living near a busy road during pregnancy may lead to infants having a higher risk for conditions such as pneumonia, study found.

Among their infants, about 53% had suffered at least one diagnosed respiratory infection, including pneumonia, bronchiolitis or croup by age 3.

Offspring of mothers living the shortest distance from a major roadway had a 1.74 times greater risk for such infections compared to those living farthest away. Those whose mothers lived 100 to 200 meters from a roadway had a 1.49 greater risk.

 
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