Researchers find link between high-traffic roads, preterm birth

12/1/2010 | Reuters

Pregnant women who lived near high-traffic, major roads had a 50% higher rate of giving birth before 37 weeks compared with those who lived further away from such roads, a Japanese study showed. Researchers found that women who lived near highly trafficked roads also had an almost doubled risk of high blood pressure and premature rupture of fetal membranes, which are risk factors for preterm birth.

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