Parents’ stress tied to pollution’s effect on kids

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, has published findings from a new study indicating that “children living in high-stress households are more vulnerable to lung damage from traffic pollution than children whose parents are less stressed out, according to the results of a new study…. For kids from high-stress homes, when the average amount of nitrogen oxides in the air went up by 22 parts per billion, their lung function got roughly five percent worse. That same increase in pollutants around a child whose parents had a low level of stress made no difference to their lung function, however.” To read a news article about the study click here; for the abstract click here.