Study: Air Pollution Making Us Dumber

Rev Steve Heather KOLR

BEIJING — Air pollution may do more than affect your lungs. It may also negatively impact your brain.

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says breathing polluted air results in a “steep reduction in verbal and math test scores.”

The data is based on roughly 32,000 people over a four-year period in China, known for its air pollution.

Researchers say older men seemed to be especially susceptible to a drop in cognitive abilities.

According to the study, cognitive problems can lead to other health problems including dementia.

The World Health Organization says nine out of every ten people on the planet breathe air containing a high level of pollutants.

Africa and Asia are listed as the worst affected regions.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local Sports

More Local Sports

Ozarks High School Sports

More Ozarks High School Sports

World News

More World News
Putting the Ozarksfirst Food Drive

Trending Stories

Washington DC Bureau

Washington DC Bureau

Newsfeed Now

More Newsfeed Now