Friday, August 1, 2008

Highways: BABY KILLERS!!

Canada.com Link.
Pregnant women living near highways on the island of Montreal - particularly women from affluent neighbourhoods - are more likely to deliver preterm, low-weight or small babies, researchers say.

The odds of delivering a low-weight infant are 81 per cent higher than average for expectant mothers living in high-income neighbourhoods within 200 metres of highways, according to a report published in the August edition of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Heath. Affluent women also are 58 per cent more likely to deliver early compared with women who don't live near an expressway.