Urban Air Pollution Linked to Birth Defects

Pregnant Los Angeles area women living in regions with higher levels of ozone and carbon monoxide pollution were as much as three times as likely to give birth to children who suffered from serious heart defects, shows the study, published in the January 1 edition of the "American Journal of Epidemiology."

Published: 03-Jan-2002

LOS ANGELES, California, January 2, 2002 (ENS) - Exposure to two common air pollutants may increase the chance that a pregnant woman will give birth to a child with certain heart defects.

A study by researchers at the University of California - Los Angeles provides the first compelling evidence that air pollution may play a role in causing some birth defects.

Pregnant Los Angeles area women living in regions with higher levels of ozone and carbon monoxide pollution were as much as three times as likely to give birth to children who suffered from serious heart defects, shows the study, published in the January 1 edition of the "American Journal of Epidemiology."

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