Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Brain Abnormalities

Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Brain Abnormalities

School-age children of women exposed to air pollution during pregnancy exhibit brain abnormalities and cognitive impairment, according to a prospective longitudinal study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Air Pollution and the Developing Brain Pregnancy and the first years of life mark a window of vulnerability when it comes to brain development. Exposure to air pollution, even at low levels, could lead to permanent changes in the brain. During pregnancy, the fetal brain has not yet developed the mechanisms to protect against or remove environmental toxins—the placenta only provides partial protection. In adolescence, postnatal air pollution exposure could also influence...

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