By Jennifer Glose, February 29, 2016 – Lehigh Valley Business –

While leaving Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township after a typical day at work, Kathryn C. Worrilow was walking through the parking lot when she noticed fumes wafting from the freshly resurfaced asphalt of the MedEvac helicopter pad.

A reproductive physiologist, Worrilow at the time was scientific director of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s in vitro fertilization laboratory. She was bothered by the polluted air and wondered if contaminated air could contribute to the sporadic dips in clinical pregnancy success rates that she was seeing in her IVF patients.

After years of research, Worrilow proved that there was a direct correlation between declines in pregnancy success rates of her patients and times when there were nearby fires, roadwork or any event that emitted chemicals into the air.

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