People Exposed to Air Pollution Have Markers of Neurodegenerative Disease

New research, published in the journal Environmental Research, suggests that young adults and children exposed to air pollution have the markers of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and motor neuron disease in their brain stems.People Exposed to Air Pollution Have Markers of Neurodegenerative Disease

For the study, a team of researchers examined material from 186 autopsies that took place between 2004 and 2008. The individuals' age ranged from 11 months to 40 years.

In the brain stems, the scientists found markers not only Alzheimer’s disease but also Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease. These markers included growths of nerve cells and misformed proteins that had caused tangles and plaques.

Co-author of the study Prof. Maher from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom explains: "[i]t’s critical to understand the links between the nanoparticles you’re breathing in or swallowing and the impacts those metal-rich particles are then having on the different areas of your brain."

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