Air pollution positively correlates with neurological disorders

Air pollution is one emerging all through the days, and sure, we’ll face a lot of crises in the coming days. Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health observed more than 63 million older people in the U.S. and found that air pollution was correlated with developing neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s diseases.

Also, another study by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Columbia University’s Maiman School of Public Health was about the fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) and their links to the disorders of the nervous system.

The study

Researchers analyzed 63,038,019 medicare recipients for about 17 years and correlated these with estimated PM2.5 concentration by zip code. Also, they identified that for every 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air increase in the yearly PM2.5 concentrations, there was a significant increase in the patients admitted to the hospital for some neurological disorder, and this contributes to about 13%. Interestingly, a level less than the supposed safe level of PM2.5 was also found to increase the risk of the disorder.

The environmental protection agency standards recommend an average of 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air or even less. The results showed that the current standards did not protect the aging people, and so, there must be strict regulation to control the PM2.5 concentrations. By doing so, we can develop or improve air quality. Women and aging people are highly susceptible to these disorders. We need to act accordingly and reach our target soon.

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Source: MedicalXpress

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