Jerusalem. Researchers have reported that exposure to air pollution on pregnant women affects the weight of their babies, which can lead to worse health outcomes in the future. The study, published in the journal Environmental Research, also found that mothers who were underweight and from low socioeconomic backgrounds were more likely to be affected by air pollution.
Professor Hagai Levin, from the Hebrew University (HU)-Hadasah Braun School of Public Health, said it is now clear that governments need to set up the infrastructure to integrate environmental and health data at the individual level.
The team looked at the association between the air pollutant PM 2.5 and the birth weight of 380,000 singleton babies born across Israel between 2004-2015.
The team used individual, anonymized data and detailed high-resolution pollutant data to produce a more accurate statistical analysis.
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