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Pregnant Women and Their Offspring: A High-risk Group for Air Pollution

Presented By
Prof. Anna Hansell, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Conference
ERS 2019

According to a British study, infant mortality rises when pregnant women are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy [1]. Air pollution during pregnancy can have long-term impacts and affects lung function even in school children [2].

Pregnant women and their offspring are uniquely susceptible to adverse effects of air pollution exposure [3]. Previous studies have shown that exposure to air pollutants during pregnancy – even in small concentrations — can lead to adverse birth outcomes, such as low birth weight, which might impact mortality [4,5]. This was confirmed by research presented during the ERS congress [1,2]. Data of nearly 8 million live births between 2001 and 2012 in England and Wales were analysed by Dr Sarah Kotecha (Cardiff University School of Medicine, United Kingdom) and her colleagues [1].

The aim of the study was to investigate whether exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter with an aero...



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