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Soot from air pollution reaches fetal side of placenta

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By ITN News Editor September 26, 2019 13:53

Soot from air pollution reaches fetal side of placenta

Airborne carbon particles that can cause health problems in adults and children are getting into the placenta as it nourishes a developing fetus, a new study by Belgian researchers has found. Soot emitted through the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels contains harmful ‘black carbon’. These particles can pass through the protective barrier of the placenta and enter the fetus tissue, according to a report published recently in Nature Communications.The new findings were made by a team of researchers from Hasselt University, Belgium, who analysed tissue samples from 5 pre-term and 23 full-term births.Professor Tim Nawrot, who led the study, told Reuters that mothers who had been subjected to higher levels of pollution registered a larger concentration of harmful particles in their placentas. In addition to transferring oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the fetus, the placenta is supposed to be a barrier – albeit not a perfect one – that protects the fetus from substances that might harm it.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 26, 2019 13:53