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When air pollution levels are high, a smartphone app developed by USC researchers will suggest actions to reduce exposure levels, such as recirculating air in the car or taking a suggested alternative driving route to reduce exposures. (Illustration/iStock)

How harmful is air pollution to developing brains? New study will assess its effects

A wristband-app combination — developed by USC Viterbi and the Keck School of Medicine of USC — will monitor prenatal exposure to harmful gases and suggest strategies to keep newborn brains safe.