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Living near a busy road can stunt children’s lung growth

07 February 2020

If you live within 50 metres of a major road, your risk of developing lung cancer may increase by up to 10%.

New research from King’s College London reveals that recorded roadside air pollution stunts lung growth in children by approximately 14% in Oxford, 13% in London and 8% in Birmingham.

Other risks include cardiac arrest, heart disease and stroke.

Dr Rob Hughes, senior fellow at the Clean Air Fund, said: ‘Air pollution makes us, and especially our children, sick from cradle to grave, but is often invisible. This impressive research makes this public health crisis – which affects people all across the UK – visible.’

 

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