R & D Magazine: Air pollution exposure during pregnancy linked with brain abnormalities in children

| Posted in Brain Disease, Brain Education, Brain Research

A new study has linked residential air pollution during fetal life exposure with brain abnormalities that could contribute to impaired cognitive function in school-aged children, even at levels that are considered “safe.” A team of scientists from the Netherlands has discovered that exposure to fine particles during fetal life is associated with a thinner outer layer of the brain, called the cortex, in several regions and brain abnormalities that contribute to difficulty with inhibitory control—the ability to regulate self-control over temptations and impulsive behavior, which is related to mental health problems. (March 8, 2018)

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