Traffic Pollution Tied to Emphysema Risk

People who live near high-traffic roadways could be be more likely to develop emphysema and related lung problems, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that among nearly 53,000 adults followed for up to 35 years, who had the greatest cumulative exposure to traffic pollution were more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

According to Reuters:

“The current findings raise the possibility that long-term exposure to traffic pollution contributes to the risk in some people -- particularly those made vulnerable by certain health conditions, like asthma.”

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