Air pollution affects 95% of the global population including unborn babies. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Dr. Norrice Liu explains, “We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests this is indeed possible.” Even if particles do not reach the fetus, they already affect it by being in the placenta. Scientists show that air pollution increases the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and affects babies’ developing brains. Another study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” reveals that air pollution can reduce intelligence and harms cognitive performance. Doctors recommend pregnant women to take less polluted and busy routes whenever possible while researchers urge governments to make stricter measures to clean air. What do you think policymakers can do? Let us know in the comments below 👶 - Years Of Living Dangerously

Air pollution affects 95% of the global population including unborn babies. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Dr. Norrice Liu explains, “We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests this is indeed possible.” Even if particles do not reach the fetus, they already affect it by being in the placenta. Scientists show that air pollution increases the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and affects babies’ developing brains. Another study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” reveals that air pollution can reduce intelligence and harms cognitive performance. Doctors recommend pregnant women to take less polluted and busy routes whenever possible while researchers urge governments to make stricter measures to clean air. What do you think policymakers can do? Let us know in the comments below 👶

Air pollution affects 95% of the global population including unborn babies. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Dr. Norrice Liu explains, “We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests this is indeed possible.” Even if particles do not reach the fetus, they already affect it by being in the placenta. Scientists show that air pollution increases the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and affects babies’ developing brains. Another study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” reveals that air pollution can reduce intelligence and harms cognitive performance. Doctors recommend pregnant women to take less polluted and busy routes whenever possible while researchers urge governments to make stricter measures to clean air. What do you think policymakers can do? Let us know in the comments below 👶

Air pollution affects 95% of the global population including unborn babies. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Dr. Norrice Liu explains, “We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests this is indeed possible.” Even if particles do not reach the fetus, they already affect it by being in the placenta. Scientists show that air pollution increases the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and affects babies’ developing brains. Another study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” reveals that air pollution can reduce intelligence and harms cognitive performance. Doctors recommend pregnant women to take less polluted and busy routes whenever possible while researchers urge governments to make stricter measures to clean air. What do you think policymakers can do? Let us know in the comments below 👶

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