Particulate Matter Exposure and Preterm Birth: Estimates of U.S. Attributable Burden and Economic Costs
OPEN Environmental health perspectives | 30 Mar 2016
L Trasande, P Malecha and TM Attina
Preterm birth (PTB) rates (11.4% in 2013) in the United States (US) remain high and are a substantial cause of morbidity. Studies of prenatal exposure have associated particulate matter <2.5microns in diameter (PM2.5) and other ambient air pollutants with adverse birth outcomes, yet, to our knowledge, burden and costs of PM 2.5-attributable PTB have not been estimated in the US.
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