Air Pollution May Increase Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

A new study, conducted by the researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, suggests that exposure to air pollution in childhood may increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.Air Pollution May Increase Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

For the study, the scientists analyzed data received from 23,355 people who were born from May 1, 1981, till December 31, 2002. Their evolution was followed up from the participants 10th birthday to the first occurrence of schizophrenia, emigration, death or December 31, 2012, whichever happened first.

The analysis showed that people who were exposed to high levels of air pollution during their childhood had a higher risk of schizophrenia later in life.

Senior researcher Henriette Thisted Horsdal, Ph.D., says: The study shows that the higher the level of air pollution, the higher the risk of schizophrenia. For every 10 micrograms per cubic meter [referring to the concentration of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide in ambient air] increase in the daily average, the risk of schizophrenia increases by approximately 20%.”

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