Southeast Texas Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

Infants Breathing Bad Air May Suffer as Teens

Study Links Air Pollutants to Lung Function

FamVeld/Shutterstock.com

A study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”.

The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers.

Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.”


This article appears in the February 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Thumbs-Up on Fats

Fat used to be the nemesis of good nutrition, but the latest research overturns that theory: The right fats actually keep us thin without harming our hearts.

Hello Gyro

Gyrotonic exercise, the latest trend in fitness studios, uses special equipment to enable smooth, circular motions that make the body more fluid and supple.

Forever Green

The latest creative and Earth-friendly options include converting remains into tree planters, jewelry, ocean reefs and even vinyl records.

Fearless Eating

The queasy stomach, brain fog or food cravings we’re experiencing might be caused by food sensitivities and a leaky gut—but there are some practical, simple solutions.

No Benefit to Cutting Fat in Cheese

Danish researchers found no difference in LDL “bad cholesterol” levels between people that ate low-fat cheese or regular-fat cheese for 12 weeks.

Add your comment: