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posted by martyb on Friday October 20 2017, @05:48PM   Printer-friendly

A study has found that pregnant women exposed to air pollution (as inferred by their residential addresses, not lung biopsies or something) give birth to babies with shorter telomeres, considered a sign of premature aging damage:

"Reducing exposure to air pollution is a good thing, for both the parents and for the unborn baby," said Pam Factor-Litvak, author of an accompanying editorial and a public health researcher at Columbia University in New York. "Prenatal exposure to air pollution is associated with a host of adverse outcomes," Factor-Litvak said by email.

For the study, Tim Nawrot of Hasselt University in Diepenbeek, Belgium, and colleagues examined telomere length from samples of cord blood and placental tissue for 641 newborns in the Flanders region. They also looked at mothers' exposure to pollutants known as PM 2.5, a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that can include dust, dirt, soot and smoke and are often found in traffic exhaust.

Some previous research has linked exposure to traffic fumes and air pollution to higher odds of infertility as well as an increased risk of delivering underweight or premature babies. Prior research has also linked shorter telomeres to an increased risk of a variety of chronic health problems in adults, including heart disease and cancer.

Also at CleanTechnica.

Prenatal Air Pollution and Newborns' Predisposition to Accelerated Biological Aging (open, DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3024) (DX)

Editorial: Environmental Exposures, Telomere Length at Birth, and Disease Susceptibility in Later Life (DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3562) (DX)


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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Friday October 20 2017, @06:00PM (7 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Friday October 20 2017, @06:00PM (#585351)

    So, if you add more pollution, kids get premature aging, cutting the education budget?
    I guess Republicans' policies are based on science!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @06:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @06:29PM (#585359)

      yes, the rich people will just get regular deliveries of sixpacks/cans of perrier-aire and be fine!

      its the only legal way to solve The Other problem.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 20 2017, @08:22PM (1 child)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 20 2017, @08:22PM (#585411) Journal

      On the flip side maybe we can get them to care about pollution by calling it a REALLY late term abortion.

      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday October 21 2017, @02:13AM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday October 21 2017, @02:13AM (#585532)

        They only care about abortion because they want to punish the sinners who are having more sex than they are. Children are God's ultimate punishment.

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday October 21 2017, @02:01AM (3 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday October 21 2017, @02:01AM (#585527)

      I don't think this level of telomere shortening prematurely ages enough to cut the education budget, but it might make Social Security and Medicaid solvent again.

      • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Saturday October 21 2017, @03:06AM (2 children)

        by Immerman (3985) on Saturday October 21 2017, @03:06AM (#585545)

        Social Security is only having solvency problems because Congress has borrowed billions of dollars from its fund.

        • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Saturday October 21 2017, @05:25AM (1 child)

          by bob_super (1357) on Saturday October 21 2017, @05:25AM (#585572)

          And also because raising the damn cap, which would eliminate the problem altogether, is taxing the rich...

          • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday October 21 2017, @11:47AM

            by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday October 21 2017, @11:47AM (#585635)

            If you tax the rich then they'll all pout, and take their money elsewhere.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @07:05PM (16 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @07:05PM (#585379)

    <sarcasm>The free market will fix this. The government should under no circumstance try to do anything here. People will magically move to the place of their desires where they either get the best pollution or the least pollution. Anyone who doesn't move away from these areas of pollution clearly desires being polluted. Why are you trying to take away their Freedom(tm)? Social and Historical reasons for this play no role because the market is always correct!</sarcasm>

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday October 20 2017, @07:12PM

      by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Friday October 20 2017, @07:12PM (#585384) Journal

      Just wait until you see the other pollution story I submitted...

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @07:27PM (11 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @07:27PM (#585386)

      Individuals are free to enter into voluntary contracts with their energy provider and the local department of motor vehicles. Any person that does not like pollution is free to buy an electric vehicle, but they must not be allowed to infringe upon the rights of others to choose gas powered vehicles. If the pollution in their city gets too bad they can simply update their contractual agreement to demand less pollution, or they can use the market to provide incentives for others to switch to EVs. Offer a competing contract, sink life savings into providing everyone with the "cost savings" they require to make the right choice. This is the free market at work! Such a series of contracts will naturally get society to evolve into the most optimal configuration.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @07:33PM (4 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @07:33PM (#585390)

        I produce all the energy I need with solar panels and a couple windmills, batteries during the night.

        I did not enter a contract with anybody to allow their refuse to waft on to my property. I'm not certain which contract enforcer to hire, because there is no contract to allow their waste to trespass on my property. What do you suggest?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:01PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:01PM (#585399)

          Public Dumping?

          I am pretty sure there are stiff fines for public littering, and even stiffer fines for public dumping of materials considered 'toxic waste' or otherwise harmful to the health of the general public.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:53PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:53PM (#585428)

            No, no, no. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the responses.

            But I'm from Ancapistan! Where were have an emergent society based on voluntary exchange, contracts, and all that stuff. There's no violent imposition here!

            Except for all the smog that's reducing my solar panel efficiency!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:44PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:44PM (#585426)

          When it comes to a "contract" and "enforcer", the entity which immediately springs to mind is The Mob. [google.com]

          -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

        • (Score: 2) by t-3 on Friday October 20 2017, @09:48PM

          by t-3 (4907) on Friday October 20 2017, @09:48PM (#585445) Journal

          Get your air quality regularly tested. If you can show a change and link it to a polluter, you can sue.

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday October 20 2017, @07:53PM (5 children)

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 20 2017, @07:53PM (#585397) Journal

        If this is a joke...well, don't quit your day job for the late-night comedy circuit. If this is not a joke, you are beyond salvation.

        --
        I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
        • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 20 2017, @08:32PM (3 children)

          by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 20 2017, @08:32PM (#585416) Journal

          Azuma and DeathMonkey have formed a voluntary contract to keep Violently Imposed Monopoly Guy off the site.

          The fact that Azuma and DM have no relationship with the site (polluters), and no ability to enforce our contract terms (laws), is not a problem in Violently Imposed Monopoly Guy's universe.

          • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday October 20 2017, @09:16PM (2 children)

            by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 20 2017, @09:16PM (#585435) Journal

            Wait, we have? I didn't see any contract. ...oh, damn it, is this because I told that little cat-rabbitty thing I'd fight for him?

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            I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
            • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Friday October 20 2017, @09:29PM (1 child)

              by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday October 20 2017, @09:29PM (#585440) Journal

              You must be great fun at parties!

              • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @12:22AM

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @12:22AM (#585490)

                She does not have to be great fun at parties. She never agreed to that!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @09:12PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @09:12PM (#585433)

          I don't expect to make any money off of it, just trollin the troll. I'm sure the shills do much better with content drafts sent to them by their friendly Deep Learning(tm) networks and media content distributors. It is surprisingly hard to wing it for crazy mode, but I don't get much practice either. You earning a tidy profit off your Leno and SNL comedy writing?

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by JoeMerchant on Saturday October 21 2017, @02:08AM (2 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday October 21 2017, @02:08AM (#585530)

      Pollution moved us out of Houston, plain and simple. Salary and benefits were better there, job market was more robust there, cost of living was lower there, good BBQ restaurants on every corner there, people were friendly and happy there (being able to afford to live well, did I mention BBQ?, will do that) and none of that matters when you can't breathe the fucking air without feeling like it's killing you. 2005-ish, we'd drive out of town on the weekends and could feel the ozone tightness in the chest lighten as we got north of Bush airport, and feel the tightness return as we drove back into town. Tar-dust would accumulate on the cars overnight, and get into the house even with the windows closed A/C on. God damned pesticide warehouses caught fire when we were there, more than once, and one put an ugly black plume straight over our house from 10+ miles away.

      Toyed with the idea of moving the family north and commuting in to Ellington Field in a Mooney, would have been a problem on weather days, but it would have been worth the effort just to have clean air to breathe at night. Ended up just selling out and moving someplace cleaner, more expensive, with a crappier job market. It was worth every penny.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @05:05AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @05:05AM (#585566)

        Much of Houston's pollution problem can in fact be traced to some sort of BBQ obsession.

        We talk about diesel and coal being dirty, but those are normally filtered. There are particulate traps on vehicles and bag houses (sort of the same thing) on power plants.

        BBQ is nothing like that. Nobody ever puts a filter on it. Even cigarettes have filters!

        It's not just restaurants that do BBQ. Every random person is burning stuff on his porch, started up with excess lighter fluid and then left burning after the food is cooked.

        • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday October 22 2017, @02:21AM

          by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday October 22 2017, @02:21AM (#585846)

          BBQ contributes, no doubt, as does auto exhaust, but when you stand next to the big chemical plants you can clearly see that they are what sets SouthEast Houston apart from other places - sure they're filtered, but not effectively, not all the time, and not for every chemical. BBQ and auto exhaust don't put tar dust in the air the way that flarestacks do.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:09PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @08:09PM (#585400)

    It's how you use them. Said no woman ever.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @09:56PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 20 2017, @09:56PM (#585447)

      I can't hold all these chromosomes.

  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Friday October 20 2017, @11:15PM (1 child)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Friday October 20 2017, @11:15PM (#585468)

    People with sub-par nose hairs have kids with sub-par life-spans. We need to encourage this! MAGA!

    --
    The journey of a thousand miles may begin with the first step being in a pile of doggie doo.
    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Aegis on Saturday October 21 2017, @05:50AM

      by Aegis (6714) on Saturday October 21 2017, @05:50AM (#585578)

      People with sub-par nose hairs have kids with sub-par life-spans.

      Are you really bragging about your HEPA filter nose hairs? I can actually see them from here.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @08:32AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @08:32AM (#585602)

    So this is why i don't have any Jedi power!

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