Air Pollution Linked To Birth Defects

Women exposed to air pollution before getting pregnant are nearly 20% more likely to have babies with birth defects.

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati said the defects include cleft palates or lips.

Apparently, fine air particles released in vehicle exhaust fumes are inhaled and become deposited in lungs where they enter the blood circulation.

Scientists said this causes birth defects because of women suffering inflammation and internal stress.