Fireside Chat: Environmental Contributions to Pregnancy Outcome - China Birth Cohort

Environmental Contributions to Pregnancy Outcome - China Birth Cohort Study
Given the growing evidence that many human diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer, originate in utero, it is essential to understand the environmental risk factors during fetal development that are linked to childhood mortality and morbidity, and adult chronic diseases. To that end, a birth cohort study of 10,542 newborns in the city of Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China was conducted in 2010-2012, followed by an additional cohort of over 8,000 newborns in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, currently ongoing. The aim of these studies is to investigate the risk of adverse birth outcomes given genetic susceptibility and various environmental exposures. This Fireside Chat will focus on the analysis of ambient air pollution and passive smoking in relation to various adverse birth outcomes. The findings have significant public health implications and are relevant to policy makers who design air pollution policies for China and other high-air-pollution regions.

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