A new study conducted by Boston-area researchers shows evidence that links living near highways to increased health risks.

The study by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Health claims people living close to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 93 were at higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

The study used mobile labs to study ultrafine particles–microscopic metals and chemicals in the air–in Chinatown, Dorchester, and South Boston.

Tufts University professor Doug Brugge said he and his colleagues worked on the study for nearly ten years. He told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that ultrafine particles are not regulated, and he thinks they should be considered along with secondhand smoke, obesity, and lack of physical activity in increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

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