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18/9/2015

CREAL: Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Noise at School and Behavioral Problems in Schoolchildren

CREAL: Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Noise at School and Behavioral Problems in Schoolchildren


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Researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), an ISGlobal allied center, and the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) have investigated the associations of exposure to traffic-related air pollutants and noise at school on behavioral development of schoolchildren. In this study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that children between 7 and 11 years old living in Barcelona exposed to greater air pollution due to traffic near the school have more problems of behavior. Moreover, noise exposure at school was associated with more specific symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“We have evaluated children aged 7 to 11 years in Barcelona during 2012-2013 in the framework of the BREATHE project. We measured concentrations both inside and outside the classroom of elemental carbon, black carbon and NO2 in two separate campaigns for a week”, said Joan Forns, CREAL an UPF researcher and first author of this study.

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Reference:
Forns J. et al. Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Noise at School, and Behavioral Problems in Barcelona Schoolchildren: A Cross-Sectional Study. Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/ehp.1409449