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NIH gives USC $6 million for smog studies

Posted 10:21 a.m. Thursday

— The University of Southern California has received a $6 million grant to continue studying the effects of smog on children.

The Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/2cqVz0d ) that the National Institutes of Health awarded the grant Wednesday to USC's Keck School of Medicine. It will pay for research into how freeway pollution affects fetuses and how air pollution correlates with childhood obesity.

Carrie Breton, an assistant professor at USC, says the fetus study will follow up to 1,000 pregnant women.

According to Breton, the medical school expects to receive more money after two years of the research.

The school started tracking kids' respiratory health in 1992, following more than 3,000 children in 12 communities. This allowed them to compare the health of children in smoggier areas with those living in clean-air communities.

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