Does air pollution cause asthma? Research shows that traffic pollution can not only reduce IQ ratings of unborn children, but it can also cause asthma before children are even born. According to a study of pregnant women, pollution can actually alter the genes in unborn children, leading to asthma.
We are all subject to the dangers of air pollution. Even if you live in the country, you are exposed to some level of pollution, from your own vehicle or tobacco if you smoke. But a study from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health finds that high levels of pollution can affect the eventual intelligence of children, making for lower IQ ratings. Other studies link the same pollutants to depression, asthma, and many other health concerns.
Are the decisions made by owners of nearby houses and businesses affecting the health of you and your family? Common types of driveway sealants are not only threatening the environment through the emission of carcinogenic chemicals, but a new study has shown that kids are being exposed as well. Schools performing maintenance on their blacktops and playgrounds could especially be to blame for this, as children routinely play on and around such areas that could be emitting harmful substances.
Despite seafood showing extremely high levels of contamination, the FDA still deems the food safe for consumption. The FDA not only falsely softened the risk of seafood consumption due to carcinogenic contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the seafood supply, but also ignored individual FDA staff members who called for higher levels of contamination protection.
Scientists have found that the ubiquitous presence of chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) resistant to environmental degradation could soon lead to half of all newborn babies being born with at least one birth defect.