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Babies exposed to pollution prenatally and after birth are more prone to respiratory problems

New research indicates that exposure to pollutants can affect children prenatally as well as after birth. Children exposed to greater levels of pollutants prenatally and during the first years of life were found to be more prone to coughing and wheezing and were more likely to show early signs of asthma by the age of two. Researches believe that this occurs because pollutants stimulate developing immune systems and respiratory problems are caused by overactive immune systems.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Join Together

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About: Babies exposed to pollution prenatally and after birth are more prone to respiratory problems

Date: 14 October 2004

Source: Join Together

URL: http://www.jointogether.org/sa/news/summaries/reader/0,1854,574893,00.html

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