Air Pollution May Increase the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
A new study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, suggests that air pollution may cause not only a lung disease but also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
For their study, a team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) collected samples of air particles with the help of technology specially developed by the university engineers. This technology is able to convert air of typical urban area to the air of heavily polluted cities, for instance, Beijing. The scientists utilized this technology to expose female mice to air pollution for 15 weeks. The mice had 60% more amyloid plaque, the clusters of a protein associated with the condition.
Study co-senior author Caleb Finch, the University of Southern California's (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, says: “Although the link between air pollution and Alzheimer's disease is a new scientific frontier, we now have evidence that air pollution, like tobacco, is dangerous to the aging brain.”
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