Stressful home ups lung damage in kids

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) — Living in stressful homes increases the effects of outside air pollution in children, resulting in greater pollution-related lung damage, U.S. researchers say.

Lead researcher Talat Islam of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, says psychosocial stress appears to enhance the lung-damaging effects of traffic-related pollution in children.

Islam and colleagues administered a stress questionnaire — the Perceived Stress Scale — to the parents of nearly 1,400 children ages 10-12. The children were assessed for lung function and other respiratory health outcomes.

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