Babies who are exposed to high levels of air pollution while in the womb have worse lung function as children and teenagers, study claims
Same old, same old crap. Pollution and poverty confounded as a cause of poor health.
Pollution encountered was meaured by whether the person lived in a polluted area. But pollution is not uniform in an area. And poor people tend to live in more polluted areas. And poor people tend to have poorer health. So was it pollution or poverty that caused the poorer health? Unknowable.
The article is only a conference paper so details of the research are not publically available and hence are not open for critical examination. But by relying on previous studies of that ilk we can be pretty certain that income was not controlled for and that the effects found were minute
Tedious. Let's hope it does not get past peer review
Babies who are exposed to high air pollution develop worse lung function as children and teenagers, research suggests.
A study of 915 children found that the higher the levels of air pollution they were exposed to in infancy, the worse their lung function became as they grew into adolescence.
Researchers in Germany measured the infants' air pollution exposure and then repeatedly assessed their breathing, carrying out tests at the ages of six, ten and 15.
The team, who presented their findings at the European Respiratory Society International Congress, found an even bigger impact on lung function in children who developed asthma.
But they also found that babies who were breastfed for at least the first 12 weeks of their life were given some degree of protection.