Smoggier Skies, Lower Scores?

“The robust research that has proven how toxic air pollution is to the brain just became even stronger,” said Dr. Moench. “A new study shows particulate pollution on the day of school tests significantly reduces test scores of students. This is consistent with many other studies.

“Both short term and long term air pollution exposure impairs the full range of brain function, like cognition, memory, and executive functioning, accelerates aging of the brain, and contributes to the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Multiple Sclerosis, and even to rates of mental illness like depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Most disturbing of all is the research that shows particulate pollution actually becomes embedded in our brain tissue causing stress of brain cells and inflammation.

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Smoggier skies, lower scores? A Brazilian study examines the effects of air pollution on students’ cognitive performance