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Mothers’ Exposure To Air Pollution Tied To Cellular Changes In Kids

Recent study finds that traffic fumes and pollution is bad for pregnant women to breathe, it injures their developing fetuses at the cellar level.

“Women who breathe polluted air during pregnancy have babies with greater signs of “aging” in their cells when they’re born compared to babies whose mothers breathed cleaner air, a new study finds.”

“Babies with higher exposure to fine particle pollution during gestation had shorter caps on the ends of their chromosomes, according to the researchers, who suggest the findings offer a possible biological reason for health problems encountered by kids who live where smog and traffic exhaust is pervasive.”

“The protective chromosome caps known as telomeres normally shrink with age, and are also thought to erode with extreme stress.”

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