Air Pollution Is Giving Children Dangerously High Blood Pressure

By now, we all know that a world powered by fossil fuel combustion not only threatens the integrity of our ecosystems through greenhouse gas-driven climate change, but also directly jeopardizes human health by poisoning the air. Yet sometimes that abstract concept needs to be put into concrete terms to really get through to people. And a new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health may do just that.

As reported in the journal Hypertension, 3 to 9-year-old children born to mothers who were exposed to polluted air during their third trimester were significantly more likely to have high blood pressure (BP) than those whose mothers lived in regions with cleaner air, regardless of their exposure in the intervening years.

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