A week of severe air pollution can increase the abortion rate of pregnant women by 16%

Since the 1990s, the air quality in the United States has been significantly improved, but about 40% of Americans still have serious environmental pollution, which affects people’s respiratory health. According to a report by the British “Daily Mail” on December 7, a study by the University of Utah showed that long-term exposure to air pollution is detrimental to the heart and lungs, especially for pregnant women and those with weak immunity such as the elderly and children. Even short-term (one-week) exposure to air pollution can lead to a 16% increase in abortion rates in pregnant women.

The development of industrialization, cars and other fossil fuels have caused serious damage to our air, and now our air is also affecting our health. On average, air pollution can lead to a shortened life expectancy of about 2.6 years. In some heavily polluted areas, even shortened lifespan for up to 8 years.

Air pollution has a direct impact on the lungs and heart, which not only increases the abortion rate of pregnant women, but also increases the risk of preterm birth and defective newborns.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Matthew Fuller, and his team studied data from 1,300 women who had been admitted to the University of Utah Hospital for emergency treatment. These women came to the emergency room after abortion between 2007 and 2015. Seek care. The researchers compared the incidence of abortion with the levels of ozone, nitrogen, and fine particles (pm22.5) in the air a few days before the abortion. After carefully excluding all other abortion risk factors, they found that abortion increased by 16% in three to seven days of poor air quality in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Fuller said: “This is the first time we have demonstrated that such short-term exposure (air pollution) will have such lasting effects.” Dr. Fuller said that there are now measures to protect pregnant women or pregnant women, such as Air filtration purification system is used during pregnancy. In addition, pregnant women can plan to conceive in seasons with better air quality, so their risk of miscarriage in the most dangerous first three months will be reduced. 

Via: huanqiu.com and source- Daily mail

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