Exposure to Polluted Air Might Affect Your Brain

April 26, 2015 9:33 AM

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A new study carried out at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine reveals that the polluted air we inhale can affect our brain and lead to cognitive loss. Experts say that our brain could decrease in size and people who are most exposed are more likely to suffer from strokes or dementia. Study lead author Elissa H. Wilker, Sc.D., who is a researcher at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston mentioned that the most affected people are the middle-aged to older ones.

The research targeted a number of 943 people who were at least 60 years old. Their health was first reviewed and they were regarded as healthy – that is, none of them suffered from dementia or had a stroke in the past. They lived in New York, Boston and New England, areas, where pollution is not sig...

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