Expert Q&A: How Air Pollution and Heat Exposure Impact Birth Outcomes in the US

Air pollution and rising temperatures are having an impact on human health, more specifically, on pregnancy.

In this exclusive interview, interviews Dr. Bruce Bekkar and Dr. Nate DeNicola about their study of how air quality and weather are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth.

This discussion covers:

  • Why the team decided to look into the link between air quality, heat, and birth outcomes
  • How heat, ozone, and fine particulate matter impact pregnancy outcomes
  • The conclusions of the study, including the impact of global warming
  • The key takeaways for healthcare and environmental leaders

For those who would like more details, you can read the full paper: Association of Air Pollution and Heat Exposure With Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Stillbirth in the US.

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