Study: air quality link to birth weights

7th December 2017

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London’s air pollution is linked to low birth weights – according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. 

Imperial College London researchers analysed more than a half a million births in Greater London over four years, finding that the chance of a low birth weight increased by up to 6 per cent.

A separate study found the Capital’s air pollution can cancel out the benefits of exercise in older adult, with short-term exposure to traffic fumes reducing the positive health impacts of walking.

For more information about the two studies, visit the Imperial College London and British Heart Foundation websites.