Bad air for growing brains and minds

Bad air for growing brains and minds

Mexico City’s air pollution may be undermining neural and mental functioning in some children

By Bruce Bower, 13:44 PM October 10, 2008

Mexico City wears a thick coat of air pollution that clogs lungs and takes a toll on hearts and blood vessels. But that’s just the beginning — the metropolis’s dirty air may have contributed to brain inflammation and intellectual deficits in at least some school-age children, a new study suggests.

Among healthy children aged 7 to 18, lifelong Mexico City residents scored lower than their peers from Polotitlán — a Mexican city with low levels of air pollution — on tests of memory, flexible ...

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