London air pollution related to higher teenage blood pressure
(MENAFN) According to research by scientists from King's College London, higher blood pressure among teenagers living in London has been linked to long-term exposure to tiny air pollution particles, with stronger links observed in girls.
The study analyzed data from more than 3,000 adolescents and found that exposure to high levels of nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant from diesel traffic in London, is associated with lower blood pressure in this group.
The team published their findings in the journal Plos One and emphasized the need for more research to assess how air pollution may be affecting the cardiovascular health of children and adolescents.
Prof. Seeromanie Harding, a senior author and professor of social epidemiology at Kings College London, stated that there is an urgent need for more studies to gain an in-depth understanding of the threats to, and opportunities for, young people’s development, given that more than one million under-18s live in neighborhoods where air pollution is higher than the recommended health standards.
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