Pollution affects our brains!
Glad some neuroscientists are finally taking this more seriously!
I live in Los Angeles and it’s unfortunate, but true, that the brown cloud of smog hanging over our city is as much an icon of LA as the Hollywood hills. My morning bike commute is spent sucking on the tailpipes of my fellow Angelenos, and it turns out this doesn’t just make me cranky. A recent article published in Neurotoxicology suggests that those of us who live in urban environments are much more likely to experience cognitive decline with age. The culprit? Air pollution.
While air pollution is generally thought of as a modern problem, humans have evolved to handle polluted air from sources such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions. Coughing removes large particles from the lung, while macrophages, a type of immune cell, are responsible for engulfing and degrading small particles. However, some particles are so small that they can penetrate the lung wall, and gaseous…
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