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. 2019 Apr;109(4):550-554.
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304902. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

Healthy Air, Healthy Brains: Advancing Air Pollution Policy to Protect Children's Health

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Healthy Air, Healthy Brains: Advancing Air Pollution Policy to Protect Children's Health

Devon C Payne-Sturges et al. Am J Public Health. .
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Abstract

Evidence is growing on the adverse neurodevelopmental effects of exposure to combustion-related air pollution. Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neurodevelopmental Risks), a unique collaboration of leading scientists, health professionals, and children's and environmental health advocates, has identified combustion-related air pollutants as critical targets for action to protect healthy brain development. We present policy recommendations for maintaining and strengthening federal environmental health protections, advancing state and local actions, and supporting scientific research to inform effective strategies for reducing children's exposures to combustion-related air pollution. Such actions not only would improve children's neurological development but also would have the important co-benefit of climate change mitigation and further improvements in other health conditions.

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