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Traffic pollution can stunt lung development

Children who live near busy roads are more likely to suffer respiratory and heart problems later in life, U.S. researchers said on Friday.
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They found that children who had lived within 500 metres of a motorway from the age of 10 had significantly less lung function by the time they reached 18 than youngsters exposed to less traffic pollution.

"Someone suffering a pollution-related deficit in lung function as a child will probably have less than healthy lungs all of his or her life," said James Gauderman, of the University of Southern California.

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