Air Pollution May Contribute to Cognitive Decline

According to a new study, completed by scientists from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, US, air pollution may affect the mental health: tiny polluting particles may possibly enter the brain.Air Pollution May Contribute to Cognitive Decline

For this research, a team of scientists analyzed data from 998 women whose aged was from 73 to 87 taken from the Women’s Health Initiative (US). Within the program, up to two brain scans were performed for each participant.

The analysis of the received data showed that the higher a person’s exposure to fine particle pollution, the higher the risk of this person to experience cognitive function impairments like problems with memory.

Study co-author Andrew Petkus says: “This study provides another piece of the Alzheimer's disease puzzle by identifying some of the brain changes linking air pollution and memory decline. Each research study gets us one step closer to solving the Alzheimer's disease epidemic.”

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