Possible risk of neurological harm to young people from air pollution

20 November 2020

Researchers found markers of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease in the brainstems of 186 young Mexico City residents aged 11 months to 27 years.

These were coupled with the presence of nanoparticles within the brainstem, likely to have come from vehicle pollution, revealed the study published in Environmental Research. This led the researchers to conclude that such air pollution puts people at risk of potential neurological harm.

One of the researchers, Professor Barbara Maher, said: ‘Our new findings indicate that what air pollutants you are exposed to […] are really significant in development of neurological damage.’