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Air pollutants linked to higher risk of birth defects

Original post made on Mar 28, 2013

Breathing traffic pollution in early pregnancy is linked to a higher risk for certain serious birth defects, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:53 AM

Comments

Posted by Susan Goldsborough, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

Residential wood smoke is another major source of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Just like cigarette smoke, there is no safe level of exposure; if you can smell it you are being exposed. For more information, go to Web Link


Posted by scary, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

I suppose this is one reason that global warming is beneficial. I smell wood smoke in the air around my neighborhood on every single cold day, but not so much on warmer winter days.

I really feel sorry for the kids living near those oil refineries in the East Bay. They breath the pollution every day and have no way to escape it.


Posted by What about...., a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Think about all those people who bought property near major streets in Palo Alto, in order to find an affordable home and get their kids into good schools. There is a lot of pollution along Alma, Oregon Expwy, Middlefield, and El Camino, and for two blocks on either side of those streets. CalTrain smog probably doesn't help.


Posted by Statman, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 30, 2013 at 9:06 am

Let's remember that correlation does not necessarily imply causation. Of course it's not ethical to do a randomized study in this situation, but that would be a more convincing way to investigate this.


Posted by Earlier study, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

There was an earlier study about two years ago that had a similar conclusion. It
stated that pregnant women living within 300 yards of a high traffic street had a much higher incidence of birth defects in their babies

That means about two blocks on either side of Middlefield, Embarcadero, Oregon Expwy, or Alma.