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Children a bit anxious and maybe loosing brain matter if your exposed to high levels of traffic pollution….
Typically, we don’t associate a child’s behavior with air pollution however, it might be time to increase our awareness of pollutions impact.
Loosing Brain Matter:
At the beginning of this year the researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center published additional work on the issues of how traffic related pollution impacts our children entitled, “Reduced gray matter volume and cortical thickness associated with traffic-related air pollution in a longitudinally studied pediatric cohort” in the PLOS One Journal. Basically how pollution was challenging our children’s brain development. Their initial work documented a change in the neurochemistry of the brain resulting in increased anxiety in otherwise healthy preadolescence. (see below)
The current work should sound the alarms in even more ways as this work shows a decrease in brain volume if your child is exposed at birth to the traffic pollution. Most disturbing is the combination of both white and gray matter loss, translating that means that both physical controls as well as seeing, hearing and sensory perception were affected.
A 2019 study done at the University of Cincinnati and published in the Journal Environmental Research, associated a brain chemical that is found to increase anxiety in children with higher levels of exposure to traffic related air pollution.
They evaluated 145 healthy children who averaged 12 years of age who had been exposed to traffic related air pollution. The pre-adolescents were tested for their anxiety levels using standardized testing and an MRI to determine the level of a number of neurochemicals present.
There appears a clear association between a chemical called myo-inositol and the traffic caused pollution resulting in higher levels of anxiety.
Living near a highway or other traffic congested area may be injurious to your child’s short- and long-term health and ability to develop to their full potential.
EPA and our Govenment:
Recent research in Science Advances, where the authors analyzed data from 68.5 million people enrolled in the Medicare health insurance program that data stretched across 16 years, indicates that strengthening the current air pollution standards in the U.S., from its current maximum of 12 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) per year to 10 μg/m3 per year (the World Health Organization’s recommended level), could save 143,257 american lives over the next 10 years? Thats a lot of folks !
- Avoid high traffic concentration when choosing where to live.
- If you’re near a high traffic zone, close the windows and invest in a high-grade air filter system.
- When driving use, the recirculating option for heating or cooling, once your car is aired out.
- Purchase plants that can reduce your indoor exposure to pollutants.
- Consider investing in a real hepa based vacuum system.
- Mimimize the amount of air pollution in your home, see this article: “Indoor Air Quality more important than ever !”
- Go to less or non-polluted areas often.
- Don’t ride your bike along the highway or other congested area
Study Links Air Pollution to Childhood Anxiety
Thu, 05/23/2019 – 10:30am