Researchers have detected biomarkers for the common fungicide azoxystrobin (AZ) in the urine of pregnant women and children between the ages of 40-84 months. In mouse models, AZ entered the brains of mice in-utero and killed some embryonic cortical neurons.
A 12-year-long study found a significant rise in exposure to chemicals from plastics and pesticides in pregnant women which may be harmful to development. Many of the chemicals were "replacement chemicals", ones designed to replace banned chemicals, which may be just as harmful as the ones they replaced.
Infants born to mothers living in poverty have smaller volumes of gray and white matter across the entire brain. Additionally, babies born to mothers who live in high crime areas showed differences in brain activity to those whose mothers lived in safer areas. Those born to mothers who experienced crime had weaker neural connections between brain areas that control and process emotions. Maternal stress, researchers say, could be a main factor in the differences in neuroanatomy and brain connectivity.
An increase in depressive symptoms in adolescence has been linked to ozone exposure as a result of air pollution, even in areas that meet air quality standards.
Early-life exposure to car exhaust from leaded gas reduced the IQ of around 170 million Americans, a new study reports.
Days of extreme heat are associated with increased rates of emergency room visits for mental health-related disorders, specifically stress, anxiety, mood disorders, and substance use disorders.
A study of monozygotic twins allowed researchers to discover which parts of immune dysfunction in multiple sclerosis were influenced by genetics, and which were influenced by environmental factors.
Study demonstrates the effects natural disasters may have on molecularly accelerated aging on the immune systems of monkeys.
Last summer's "heat dome" which led to record-breaking temperature increases across Western North America raised people's anxiety over climate change, a new study reveals.
Study establishes a robust link between ozone exposure and an increase in cognitive impairment in older adults.
Direct transmission of BPA from a pregnant woman to her child via the placenta may have a negative impact on fetal brain development, researchers report.