Pollution particles in placenta ‘should be a wake-up call’, says charity

A study published yesterday (18th September, 2019), published in the journal Nature Communications reveals that soot particles can cross the placenta. Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, said:

“This study showing that soot from polluted air could affect the foetuses of pregnant mothers, should be a wake-up call for us all about the devastating impact of air pollution.

“The evidence that toxic air poses a threat to children’s health is growing. Research Asthma UK part-funded shows children in polluted areas are at risk of developing asthma because it stunts the growth of their lungs* and pollution puts around half a million children at risk of having a life-threatening asthma attack**. 

“Asthma is a terrible disease that has killed 199 children in the UK this decade. While more research is needed in how polluted air particles in the placenta can lead to long-term health conditions, including asthma, the Government must tackle air pollution and commit to meeting air-quality standards from the World Health Organisation. Otherwise, children are at risk of developing asthma or have a life-threatening asthma attack because of filthy air.”