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TRAFFIC fumes from motor-ways can seriously impair the lung development of children, research suggests.

A study in California found 10-year-olds who lived within 500 metres of a motorway suffered a "substantial" loss of lung function by the age of 18.

The effect became less the further away a child lived.

Results were similar for boys and girls and there was little influence from social background, other pollution sources or tobacco smoke.

The scientists at the University of Southern California in LA carried out annual lung function tests on 3677 children for eight years.

Compared with those living at least 1500 metres from motorways, children living closer to the roads had less "puff"at 18.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 26, 2007
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