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Air pollution raises risk of stillbirth

A recent air pollution study compiled in New Jersey has found an increased risk of stillbirths among women exposed to certain pollutants, according to Live Science. Using statewide data from 1998 through 2004, researchers compared the number of live births over still births for mothers who lived within 6 miles of New Jersey's 25 pollutant-monitoring stations.

While stillbirths are increasingly rare due to modern medicine and prenatal care, the tragedy still occurs. However, out of the 207,000 women whose carbon monoxide exposure was estimated at elevated levels during the first trimester, there were about 800 stillbirths.

Other common pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide also increased a mother's risk of delivering a stillborn child.

"Most air pollution studies are done to evaluate the health effects related to the respiratory system, [such as] asthma or COPD," said Dr. Youcheng Liu, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, according to the source. "Relatively few studies…are related to reproductive health."

Mothers can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the level of pollutants present in a home. This space is where many people spend the majority of their time, and as such, removing toxins from the air could improve the health of a mother and her child. A medical-grade unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a worthwhile purchase for continued health.

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