Friday, September 07, 2012

Blog 2: Traffic Pollution link to pre-eclampsia 9/6/12

     Very few are aware that traffic pollution can increase the chances of a pregnant women catching pre-eclampsia. The effect of traffic pollution is even greater for a woman who has a disorder such as indigenous women and also a women with diabetes.  Author  Dr Gavin Pereira who has done research at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research stated that pregnant women with the slightest exposer to traffic pollution increases their chance of obtain pre-eclampsia.  Pre-eclampsia can happen at pregnancy or after pregnancy and this disorder is life-threatening on the mother and their unborn baby.  The disorder can also cause damage to the mothers body functions such as the kidneys, cardiovascular system, and liver.  Author Pereria has done he is research and what he found was that exposure to traffic air pollution is almost unaviodable in urban enviroment.  Pereria really does believe that the reduction of traffic air pollution will decrease pre-eclampsia all so some cases of death.
     Pereria wanted to do some research on nitrogen dixiode to see if it had any part to do with the traffic air pollution.  He made a model to predict the measurement based on the season of measurement to roads near the measurement sites There research lead to south west area of Perth in which the recorded 23,452 who delivered babies through the years of 2001 to 2006. Out of the 23,452 moms who delivered babies 943 developed pre-eclampsia.  The study publish on the "Journal of Epidemiology Community Health" shows that exposure of traffic air pollution has a greater risk of developing pre-eclampsia for pregnant women.  Pereria said the strongest thing between traffic pollution and pre-eclampsia was for the women with diabetes because they have a higher change of getting the disorder than any other pregnant women.  Pereria also mentioned that he did not know what exact chemical in the traffic emission was causing the impact.
     I would total agree with Pereria when he says that traffic pollution is impossible because as soon as you step outdoors you either have cars near by polluting gas, near by factoring sending off nitrogen, people smoking ciggerates, and so on.  Like Pereria stated in his article the best way for pregnant women to reduce their chances of obtaining pre-eclampsia is to avoid traffic pollution as possible, that means by staying indoors as much as possible while pregnant. 


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