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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:38 AM

Air pollution linked to low birth weight

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Mothers who breathe the kind of pollution emitted by vehicles, coal power plants and factories are significantly likelier to give birth to underweight children than mothers living in less polluted areas, according to international findings published Wednesday.

The study is believed to be the largest to examine how newborns' bodies are affected by air quality, an issue that has raised particular concern in China and other developing nations.

Nearly 30 researchers, including three from the Bay Area, based their conclusions on more than 3 million births at 14 sites in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Focusing on children born on-time in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, they found that, worldwide, the greater the air pollution, the less babies tend to weigh at birth.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Air-pollution-linked-to-low-birth-weight-4254514.php

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:48 AM

1. But think of the shareholders.

Isn't anyone thinking of the shareholders? </sarcasm>

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:53 AM

2. Bingo! The world is THEIR oyster, not ours. They get the pearls. We get the food poisoning. nt

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