Outdoor Air Pollution, Preterm Birth, and Low Birth Weight: Analysis of the World Health Organization Global Survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health

@inproceedings{Fleischer2014OutdoorAP,
  title={Outdoor Air Pollution, Preterm Birth, and Low Birth Weight: Analysis of the World Health Organization Global Survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health},
  author={Nancy L Fleischer and Mario Merialdi and Aaron van Donkelaar and Felipe Vadillo-Ortega and R. Martin and Ana Pilar Betr{\'a}n and Joao Paulo Souza},
  booktitle={Environmental health perspectives},
  year={2014}
}
BACKGROUND Inhaling fine particles (particulate matter with diameter ≤ 2.5 μm; PM2.5) can induce oxidative stress and inflammation, and may contribute to onset of preterm labor and other adverse perinatal outcomes. OBJECTIVES We examined whether outdoor PM2.5 was associated with adverse birth outcomes among 22 countries in the World Health Organization Global Survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health from 2004 through 2008. METHODS Long-term average (2001-2006) estimates of outdoor PM2.5 were… CONTINUE READING
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