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AIR POLLUTION CAUSES BRIAN DAMAGE

Submitted by ub on Sun, 04/26/2015 - 14:19

Investigators from the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have published their findings in the journal Stroke.

Exposure to elevated levels of air pollution was associated with smaller total cerebral brain volume, a marker of age-associated brain atrophy, and with higher odds of covert brain infarcts.

These scientific findings suggest that air pollution is associated with insidious effects on structural brain aging even in dementia- and stroke-free persons.

http://stroke.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/long/STROKEAHA.114.008348v1