A new study claims that air pollution can reduce the white matter in brains.
Researchers took brain MRIs of 1403 people who fell in the age group of 71-89 years; they collected their residential histories and air monitoring data to determine their exposure to air pollution in the past 6 to 7 years.
Research revealed that older people who were exposed to higher levels of air pollution had less amount of white matter in their brains.
The study states that fine particles present in the air have harmful effects on brain aging.
“Our study provides the convincing evidence that several parts of the aging brain, especially the white matter, are an important target of neurotoxic effects induced by long-term exposure to fine particles in the ambient air”, said Dr. Jiu-Chiuan Chen, lead author.
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