Link found between diesel fumes and childhood brain tumours

Parents who are exposed to diesel fumes at work have an increased risk of their child developing a brain tumour, according to new research.

The study found children had an increased risk of brain tumour if their fathers worked near diesel-powered equipment around the time of conception, or if their mothers were exposed to diesel exhaust fumes any time prior to the child’s birth.

Exhaust fumes from non-diesel engines were not found to be linked to childhood brain tumours.

Researchers are now looking for possible links between childhood brain tumours and other occupational exposures, such as pesticides and solvents.

Read more at University of Western Australia