Can Air Pollution Heighten Alzheimer's Risk?

News Date: 
February 1, 2017 :00am

 Air pollution may cause more than just lung disease: New research suggests that if tiny particles in the air from power plants and cars are inhaled, they might also invade the brain, increasing the risk for dementia.

After considering certain variables -- such as race, ethnicity, lifestyle and health -- researchers found that older women especially, who lived in areas where miniscule air pollution particles exceed federal safety standards, may be at 81 percent higher risk for cognitive decline. They may also face a 92 percent greater likelihood of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

If extended to include the general population, it is calculated that air pollution might be to blame for about 21 percent of all cases of dementia.

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