by Savitha C Muppala on  June 28, 2010 at 5:45 PM General Health News
 Unhealthy to Live Close to a Road
A new study has pointed out that children staying within 500 metres of a major road or freeway could come down with asthma and adults could be more prone to lung related ailments.

The biggest international study on vehicle air pollution and health research has found that traffic pollution within a 500-metre radius of a major road was likely to aggravate asthma in children, start new asthma cases across all ages, impair lung function in adults and could cause cardiovascular illness and death.

The US Health Effects Institute analysed around 700 worldwide health-pollution studies, and found that there was a clear health risk for those living near arterial roads or highways.

"Reports like this ... show that air pollution does impact on human health and provides evidence to support actions to further reduce air pollution," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Stuart McConnell Environment Protection Authority Victoria director as saying.

Source: ANI

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