Last week as I wrapped up the Kids in the City series, I talked about how city life is beneficial for families. Cities can provide children with a more active lifestyle, access to great amenities, reduced energy and goods consumption, exposure to diversity and better family connections. But, how do we create a city that meets the needs of children and families?

Children’s Health Collection 2015 comprises abstracts of all relevant articles published in EHP from October 2014 through September 2015: peer-reviewed research articles, news features, Science Selections, and editorials. Abstracts are featured for each research article published in an issue, and hyperlinks take readers directly to the full article online ( The Science Selections are noted just below the related research.


NEC richtlijn: compromise amendment kwetsbare groepen behouden in milieucommissie Europees Parlement!

Op 2 september zijn de door de commissies aangenomen amendementen op de NEC richtlijn gepubliceerd. Childproof had een voorstel gedaan ter bescherming van kwetsbare groepen in artikel 6

Considering the above, CHILDPROOF therefore asks the European Parliament to:


A new study has found a statistical association between improvements in air quality and lung function growth in children.

The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, measured lung function annually in 2,120 children in southern California, where air quality control policies have been gradually implemented over the past few years.

The researchers used linear regression models to examine the relationship between decreasing pollution levels and lung-function development between the ages of 11 and 15 using spirometry.


Children living close to busy roads may have an increased risk of hyperactivity. They may also have more emotional problems, especially if they are exposed to higher levels of noise during the night, according to research carried out on children's health in Germany.


 Research on the negative health effects of noise on children has mainly focused on aircraft noise at school, but less is known about the impact of road traffic noise on children at home.