Dr. Jun Tu's Research on Preterm Birth and Air Pollution in Georgia Featured on Science Trends

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 1, 2018) — Dr. Jun Tu's research on preterm birth and air pollution in Georgia is featured on Science Trends, a website to publicize the current scientific findings to the general public and scientists around the world.

"Preterm Birth (PTB), a human birth happening before 37 completed weeks of gestation, is a leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity. PTB babies tend to have a higher risk of death or serious health issues. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 36% of infant deaths in 2013 were caused by preterm-related issues, and the PTB babies who survived may have developmental delays, feeding difficulties, breathing problems, and other health issues. A study shows that PTB complications were responsible for 0.965 million (15%) of the 6.3 million children globally who died before reaching the age of five years old in 2013. Scientists have studied the associations of PTB with various risk factors, including genetic, maternal illness (e.g. infection and inflammation), maternal socioeconomic and demographic (e.g. education, income, race, and age), maternal behavioral and lifestyle (e.g. smoking, drinking, and exercise), and environmental (e.g. air temperature, pollution) variables."

Dr. Tu's original paper was recently published in Applied Geography entitled "How the Relationships between Preterm Birth and Ambient Air Pollution Vary over Space: a Case Study in Georgia, USA Using Geographically Weighted Logistic Regression."

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