More trees... less asthma?

May 2, 2008 9:40:11 AM PDT
Researchers found 4 and 5-year-old children who lived on tree-lined streets in New York City had lower rates of asthma than children who lived in building-dense communities.

The authors of the study believe trees may help curb asthma rates by enticing kids to play outdoors more.

Trees also improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and release oxygen. However, the results did not carry over for older children.

You can read more in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.