Aleksandra Stanković, Maja Nikolić, Mirjana Aranđelović

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The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of long-term exposure to air pollution on women’s health through the analysis of studies dealing with this problem in Niš (Serbia). This chapter provides an overview of the methodology used in the studies carried out in the city of Nis. We analyzed the period of long-term exposure to air pollution, air pollution exposure measures, type of pollutants, study population and its characteristics and the criteria for specific health effects which had been investigated. The studies included in this paper have shown that long-term exposure of women to low concentration of outdoor air pollutant is associated with prevalence of respiratory symptoms and diseases. Also, the results suggest that long term exposure before pregnancy to relatively low levels of some air pollutants is not associated with a pregnancy-induced hypertension but is strongly associated with anemia.


air pollution, women, pregnant women, health

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