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How does pollution damage children’s health?

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As practising paediatricians we may suffer from a certain cognitive dissonance about environmental pollution: we have been told that it is bad for children’s health, but only rarely can we directly attribute a child’s illness to their pollution exposure, at least in the West. The epidemiological evidence of a link between various form of pollution and ill-health has been covered in depth by a Lancet special commission (Landrigan P et al. 2017. This lengthy feature looks at the issue from a global perspective, and follows on from a similarly authoritative and disconcerting report from two Royal Colleges (the RCP and RCPCH), focussing …

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