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Clean air matters for a healthy brain: Research on air pollution and cognitive decline indicate cleaner air may reduce risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias

Two USC researchers whose work linked air pollution to a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease and faster cognitive decline are seeing signs that cleaner air can make a difference in brain health. Cars and factories produce a fine particulate known … Continue reading

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Fine particulate air pollution associated with higher risk of dementia

Using data from two large, long-running study projects in the Puget Sound region—one that began in the late 1970s measuring air pollution and another on risk factors for dementia that began in 1994—University of Washington researchers identified a link between … Continue reading

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Establishing a link between air pollution and dementia

More people around the world are falling ill and dying from dementia than they used to. Between 2000 and 2019, the rate of dementia increased by 86%, while deaths from the cognitive disorder more than doubled. Longer life spans and … Continue reading

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Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here’s what we’re learning from brain scans

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It slowly destroys memory, thinking and behaviors, and eventually the ability to carry out daily tasks. As scientists search for a cure, we have been learning more about the genetic and … Continue reading

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Significant link found between air pollution and neurological disorders

Air pollution was significantly associated with an increased risk of hospital admissions for several neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias, in a long-term study of more than 63 million older U.S. adults, led by researchers at … Continue reading

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Brain injuries, alcohol and air pollution among 12 preventable causes of dementia: new research

Brain injuries, excessive alcohol consumption and exposure to air pollution can all increase the risk of dementia, according to new research. Those three actions have been added to a list of risk factors avoidable behaviours that experts believe to be … Continue reading

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Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health. Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed … Continue reading

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Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

Not only is air pollution bad for our lungs and heart, it turns out it could actually be making us less intelligent, too. A recent study found that in elderly people living in China, long-term exposure to air pollution may … Continue reading

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