Children's Environmental Health Center
at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
The Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) was established in 1998 to investigate effects of the environment on children's respiratory health, with a focus on asthma and allergic airway disease. The CEHC has made substantial progress in understanding the effects of air pollutants and tobacco smoke on children's respiratory health, and researchers have identified characteristics that increase the susceptibility of children. This contributes to a growing consensus that current levels of air pollutants are more detrimental to children's airways than previously thought. Furthermore, both exhaust emissions from local traffic and regionally transported pollutants are involved in asthma, allergies, and the growth and function of children's lungs.
NEW: USC-Led Study Finds Link Between Parental Stress, Air Pollution, and Children's Risk for Developing Asthma
Children with stressed out parents may be more susceptible to developing asthma associated with environmental triggers such as high levels of traffic-related pollution and tobacco smoke, according to a new study led by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). Click here to read more.