A new study ties air pollution concentrations to dispensed medications for psychiatric illnesses.
Researchers find exposure to air pollution appears to increase the risk of developing autism in those which a specific genetic disposition to the disorder.
Air pollution along with housing insecurity and stress during pregnancy leads to an increased risk of autism-like social behaviors and differences in neural anatomy in male mice offspring. Researchers believe the changes could be due to the immune system.
According to researchers, air pollution has become one of the leading global risk factors for stroke.
Researchers report a link between exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and abnormal brain development in the offspring, which can lead to cognitive problems throughout life.
Long-term air pollution exposure was associated with a higher risk of dementia. Ischemic heart disease and heart failure appeared to enhance the link between air pollution and dementia.
Exposure to air pollution during childhood has a detrimental effect on cognition sixty years later.
Assessing a child's exposure to air pollution on a monthly basis from conception to the age of 8.5, researchers found the greater the exposure to air pollution before the age of 5, the greater the alteration in brain structure by preadolescence.
Researchers report prenatal exposure to PAH can contribute to offspring developing behavioral and cognitive problems due to disruptive effects on early brain development.