USC researchers say that they have found a noticeable link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s. As well as other dementia-related diseases of the mind.

In their research, cars and factories were found to create a form of pollution called PM2.5. This kind of pollution directly impacted memory and memory loss. Linking it to the dementia disease Alzheimer’s.

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The USC researchers noticed that adults 65 and older who were exposed to PM2.5 and had less than eight years of education. Had a greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

The results found that recent research shows less air pollution related to Alzheimer’s, however. Associate professor of gerontology and sociology, Jennifer Ailshire said, “Improving air quality around the country has been a tremendous public health and environment policy success story. But there are signs of a reversal in these trends. Pollution levels are creeping up again, and there are increasingly more large fires, which generate a significant amount of air pollution in certain parts of the country. This gives me cause for concern about future trends in improving air quality.”

This is just another reason to prioritize cleaning up our air and reducing air pollution. As it shows that it has a direct effect on how our brain works and ages.

Other studies have also found hidden health links that air pollution has. Such as causing heart failure and heart disease.

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