Unborn babies and old people harmed by air pollution, studies warn

Traffic pollution poses health risks for older people and unborn babies according to two separate studies published today.

Research in the journal The Lancet has found that the dose of air pollution older people received when taking a two hour walk in a congested city street stiffens the arteries and impaired lung function.

Walking is the sort of low impact exercise recommended by the NHS for older people to improve their cardiovascular fitness, but the study found that the impact of air pollution negated this.

The study tested 119 people aged over sixty, 40 of whom were healthy, 40 with

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