Residential traffic pollution associated with rising incidence of childhood leukemia

A new meta-analysis report by the CDC published in the April 2014 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concludes the following:

“Exposure to elevated concentrations of traffic-related air pollutants in the near-road environment is associated with numerous adverse human health effects, includingchildren car pollution childhood cancer, which has been increasing since 1975. Results of individual¬†epidemiologic studies have been inconsistent. Therefore, a meta-analysis was performed to examine the association between residential traffic exposure and childhood cancer. Current evidence suggests that childhood leukemia is associated with residential traffic exposure during the postnatal period, but not during the prenatal period. As many people reside near busy roadways, especially in urban areas, precautionary public health messages and interventions designed to reduce population exposure to traffic might be warranted.”

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