Automobile Pollution and Chronic Disease Progression

A recent study in the European Respiratory Journal examined the role of auto pollution on chronic disease progression. Investigators estimated the burden of childhood asthma attributable to air pollution in 10 European cities by calculating the number of cases of asthma caused by near road traffic-related pollution and of acute asthma events related to urban air pollution levels. They concluded that pollutants along busy roads are responsible for a large and preventable share of chronic disease and related acute exacerbation in European urban areas.