Air pollution tied to signs of Alzheimer’s in brain tissue, study finds.
April, 2024

Air pollution tied to signs of Alzheimer’s in brain tissue, study finds.

Study Finds from The Washington Post on February 23, 2024  

Air Pollution Tied to signs of Alsheimer's in the brain tissue - By Amudalat Ajasa

People who inhale higher concentrations of tiny airborne particulates, like from diesel exhaust or other traffic related air pollutants, are more likely to have signs of Alzheimer's disease in their brains, according to a new study, the latest in a growing body of research that shows a link between air pollution and cognitive decline.

For the study, published this week in the journal Neurology, researchers examined the association between concentrations of ambient air pollution and signs of Alzheimer's disease in the human brain.  They found that people who were exposed to higher concentrations of fine particulate matter air pollution, also known as PM2.5, at least a year before their death were made likely to have higher levels of plaques - abnormal clusters of protein fragments built up between nerve cells - which is a sign of Alzheimer's in brain tissue.  The research also found a strong association between the pollution and signs of the disease for people who were not already genetically predisposed to Alzheimer's.

"This suggests that environmental factors like air pollution could be a contribution factor to Alzheimer's disease, especially in patients in which the disease cannot be explained by genetics," said Anke Huels, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at Emory University's School of Public Health.  While the study does not prove that air pollution causes Alzheimer's disease, it found an association between exposure to specific kinds of pollution and signs of the disease.

February 23, 2024 Amudalat Ajasa

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