Study findings suggest association between exposure to air pollution — particularly in the first 5 years of life — and alterations in brain structure

A study has found an association, in children aged 9-12, between exposure to air pollutants in the womb and during the first 8.5 years of life and alterations in white matter structural connectivity in the brain. The greater the child’s exposure before age 5, the greater the brain structure alteration observed in preadolescence.

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