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Border Crossings Up Asthma Gamble

Published Online: Saturday, January 1, 2005   [ Request Print ]

Residents living near the busiest United States-Canada border crossing are experiencing a cluster of asthma cases. Researchers said that residents living within one third of a mile of the Peace Bridge crossing in Buffalo, NY, are 4 times more likely to have asthma, compared with those who live >1.25 miles away.

For the study, the University of Buffalo researchers examined patients living along Niagara Street, Seneca Street, and Interstate 190, all of which serve as access roads for the Peace Bridge and carry major truck traffic. The current findings, confirmed the fact that public health should be a consideration when transportation policies are made.

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