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Highways bad for children's lungs - USC study finds respiratory impairment greatest in kids who live near busy roads

- Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Friday, January 26, 2007

(01-26) 04:00 PST Los Angeles -- Children living near busy highways have significant impairments in the development of their lungs that can lead to respiratory problems for the rest of their lives, University of Southern California researchers have found in the largest and longest study of its kind.

The 13-year study of more than 3,600 children in 12 Southern California communities found that the damage from living near a freeway is about the same as that from living in communities with the highest pollution levels, the team reported Thursday in the online version of the medical journal Lancet.
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