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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Brain Awareness Week: Strategies for Each Life Stage
Happy Brain Awareness Week! If you could peek inside your brain at every birthday, you would see that it is constantly changing. Brain cells develop and disappear, the connections between them strengthen and weaken over time, even the size of the brain can change as the years go by. But keeping the brain in peak condition is something we tend to think about only at the beginning of life, the end of life, and when something goes wrong.
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