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ELF - Air pollution increases child hospital admissions for lung conditions

The European Lung Foundation (ELF) highlights research in Spain which has found a link between exposure to high levels of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) and an increased risk of children being admitted to hospital with lung conditions.

PM2.5 is an air pollutant most commonly emitted by diesel vehicles that can have a range of negative effects on the lungs. The study, published in the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, focused on the levels of PM2.5 and its impacts on child lung health in the Spanish city of Seville.

PM2.5 measurements were analysed in Seville between 2007 and 2011 alongside the records of 2,130 non-routine hospital appointments in children under 14-years old with lung conditions. The research showed that during times where PM2.5 levels in the air were high, children were more likely to be hospitalised with bronchiolitis, pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis.

Based on these findings, the researchers have called for tougher measures to reduce the levels of this pollutant in line with amounts recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The original news story is available here http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/294739.php

The journal article is available here http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10962247.2014.1001499

Find out more about the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign, which is raising awareness of the importance of clean air http://www.europeanlung.org/en/projects-and-research/projects/healthy-lungs-for-life/home/

Originally posted on 13 July 2015

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