Study Suggests Air Pollution Exposure at Schools Contributes to Asthma

A new study led by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC), which appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests that traffic-related pollution near schools is contributing to the development of asthma in kids. The researchers found that the risk of developing asthma due to exposure at school was comparable to that of children whose exposure occurred primarily at home, even though time spent at school only accounted for about one third of waking hours. Children in schools located in high-traffic environments had a 45 percent increased risk of developing asthma. For more information, click here.