Air Pollution and Dementia in Women
We've just been reading an article in Science Daily that we thought we'd share with you. It is based around research being done at the University of Southern California on the link between air pollution and an increase in dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, in women. To read the full article click here, in the meantime these are the major points to take away:
- "Tiny air pollution particles -- the type that mainly comes from power plants and automobiles may greatly increase the chance of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease..."
- "...older women who live in places with fine particulate matter exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's standard are 81 per cent more at risk for global cognitive decline and 92 per cent more likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer's."
- "Air pollution could be responsible for about 21 per cent of dementia cases..."
- "Microscopic particles generated by fossil fuels get into our body directly through the nose into the brain," said University Professor Caleb Finch at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and co-senior author of the study. "Cells in the brain treat these particles as invaders and react with inflammatory responses, which over the course of time, appear to exacerbate and promote Alzheimer's disease."