February 6 2012: CNN

A February 12th 2012 article by CNN cites the Center’s research on the effects of air pollution in New York City. The article further discusses New York City’s idling rule, meant to improve the city’s air quality by prohibiting drivers from running their engines when they’re not moving. The Center’s research in NYC has found that prenatal exposure to PAHs at levels encountered in NYC air can adversely affect child IQ scores at 5 years of age.  After adjustment for potential confounders, highly exposed children had Full-scale and Verbal IQ scores that were 4.31 and 4.67 points lower compared to less exposed children.  These reductions are similar in magnitude to the effects of low-level lead exposure.  To view and download the article, click here.

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