Parental Stress Increases the Detrimental Effect of Traffic Exposure on Children’s Lung Function

“Psychosocial stress appears to enhance the lung-damaging effects of traffic-related pollution in children, according to new research from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. The results will appear online ahead of the print edition of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.”  ‘This is the first study demonstrating that growing up in a stressful household was associated with larger traffic pollution-induced lung deficits in healthy children compared to low stress households,’ said lead researcher Talat Islam, MBBS, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health at Keck School of Medicine.” To read the full article, click here.  For the abstract and access to the study, click here.