Researchers Examine Effects of Green Space on Child Asthma Risk

An article in the May 2017 edition of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health studied the effects of green space on child asthma risk. By analyzing “affirmative asthma cases in nationally representative cross-sectional data from 4447 children aged 6-7 years old in Australia,” researchers found “the association between heavy traffic and asthma was significantly lower for participants living in areas with over 40% green space coverage.” “No association between affirmative asthma and green space coverage was observed for participants not exposed to heavy traffic.” Researchers concluded “protecting existing and investing in new green space may help promote child respiratory health through the buffering of traffic related air pollution.”

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