Clean Air is Correlated to Reduced Psychiatric Disorders Among Children and Teenagers

Clean air may reduce psychiatric disorders in children and teenagers

The British Medical Journal describes how a group of scientists from Umeå University in Sweden has investigated the relationship between psychiatric disorders and air pollution concentrations. Researchers looked at the entire population under 18 years old in four different Swedish counties. Their finding point that even the lowest levels of air pollution may be linked to certain psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.

Several reports confirm that air pollution has a significant effect on brain development and human cognitive skills. Young individuals are among the groups that are most sensitive to environmental factors, and would benefit from reduced particle emissions. Better air quality points at possible improvements in mental health or the prevention of certain conditions.

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References: “Association between Neighbourhood Air Pollution Concentrations and Dispensed Medication for Psychiatric Disorders in a Large Longitudinal Cohort of Swedish Children and Adolescents” by Anna Oudin, Lennart Bråbäck, Daniel Oudin Åström, Magnus Strömgren, and Bertil Forsberg in BMJ Open. Published online in June 3rd, 2016