Friday, December 11, 2009

Air pollution may trigger many diseases in children and adults

Air pollution is environmental problem that can very easily become a health problem, especially for children affected with it. As its name suggests air pollution is basically the release of different pollutants into the air that not only cause the damage to our environment but are also more than capable to cause damage to our health, and even lead to some serious diseases.

Infants who are exposed to higher levels of air pollution are at increased risk for bronchiolitis, and the bronchiolitis is the main reason for children to be hospitalized in their first year.

Air pollution can also trigger appendicitis in adults. If we look at the past and current data we can see that appendicitis cases increased dramatically in industrialized countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries, then decreased in the middle and late 20th century, which directly coincides with legislation to improve air quality that was done in many developed countries.

Also prenatal exposure to air pollution can cause lower IQ in some children which can significantly increase the chances for bad performance in school, so mothers should be very careful not to expose their still not born children to high levels of air pollution (for instance areas with huge vehicle traffic).

Some latest studies have suggested that air pollution levels are too high near some U.S. schools that are built close enough to industrial plants. Most of the affected schools were located on the East Coast and in the Midwest with the largest numbers in states like Illinois, New York, Louisiana and West Virginia.

Despite serious advancement in legislation to improve air quality, many areas in United States are still exposed to significant levels of air pollution, and this could lead to many health problems, and not causing only environmental damage like some would think.

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