Diesel exhaust may increase risk of brain tumours in offspring

Researchers analysed the occupational histories of the parents of 306 children with brain tumours identified through all 10 paediatric oncology centres in Australia, comparing them to 950 controls in a bid to investigate engine exhausts as a risk factor.

They found that maternal exposure to diesel exhaust any time before the child’s birth doubled the risk of developing a childhood brain tumour.

Paternal exposure to diesel exhaust around the time of conception increased their child’s risk of developing a childhood brain tumour by 62%.

“The highest increased risk was observed for diesel exposure