The study of families in the Boston area involved 1,293 mothers and their children, ages 3 to 9. About 160 of the children had elevated blood pressure. Pollution levels were gauged by looking at home addresses and nearby Environmental Protection Agency monitors to measure air quality. There is a large body of research — the EPA cites thousands of studies — that shows the severe impact of fine particulate matter on human health. But this is among the first to show that a pregnant mother's exposure may harm her offspring. While high blood pressure in children does not usually produce any symptoms, it can lead to early heart attack, stroke or other serious health issues.
Health fears raised as EPA eases path for new chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. However, some former EPA officials, as well as experts and public health advocates, say the agency is skipping vital steps that protect the public from hazardous chemicals that consumers have never used before, undermining new laws and regulations that Congress passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2016. In recent months, the EPA has quietly overhauled its process for determining whether new chemicals — used in everything from household cleaners and industrial manufacturing to children’s toys — pose a serious risk to human health or the environment. Among other changes, the agency will no longer require that manufacturers who want to produce new, potentially hazardous chemicals sign legal agreements that restrict their use under certain conditions. Click here for more.
NIH: Air pollution linked to early miscarriage
Exposure to common air pollutants, such as ozone and fine particles, may increase the risk of early pregnancy loss, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers followed 501 couples attempting to conceive between 2005 and 2009 in Michigan and Texas....continue