Study Links Air Pollution to Premature Births in Southern California Women - ABC News: Air Pollution Tied to Premature Births
PHOTO: Exhaust flows out of the tailpipe of a vehicle in Miami, Florida.
Exhaust flows out of the tailpipe of a vehicle in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
By KIM CAROLLO (@kimcarollo)
Oct. 7, 2011
Pregnant women who live in areas with high levels of air pollution caused by heavy traffic could be at increased risk for premature births, according to a new study.
Researchers led by Michelle Wilhelm, an assistant professor in residence at the UCLA School of Public Health, found that Southern California women exposed to traffic-related air pollution had a 30 percent higher risk of pre-term birth.