It causes low IQ in childrenResearchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found in May 2019 that babies born to mothers who live in polluted areas have an IQ of seven points lower than those who live in places with cleaner air.
Make children suffer from poor memoryResearchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found that boys who were exposed to higher levels of PM2.5 in the womb performed worse on memory tests when they were 10 years old.
Delayed growth of childrenResearchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health found in April that young people who live less than a third of a mile from busy roads are twice as likely to score lower on tests of childhood communication skills. They were also more likely to have poor hand-eye coordination.
Make children more anxiousScientists from the University of Cincinnati have claimed that pollution may alter the structure of children’s brains to make them more anxious. And their study of 14 young men found that rates of anxiety were higher among those exposed to higher levels of pollution.
Cut your child’s short life: Babies born today lose nearly two years of their lives due to air pollution, according to a report released by the US-based Health Effects Institute and University of British Columbia in April 2019. UNICEF called for action based on the study’s background.
Raising the risks of autism for the child: Researchers at Monash University in Australia have discovered that young people who live in heavily polluted parts of Shanghai have an 86 percent higher chance of developing autism spectrum disorder. “The developing brains of young children are more vulnerable to toxic exposures in the environment,” said lead author Dr. Yuming Guo.
It causes asthma in childrenFour million children around the world develop asthma each year due to road traffic pollution, according to an estimate of a major study conducted by academics at George Washington University. Experts are divided over what causes asthma – but childhood exposure to pollution increases the risk by damaging the lungs.
Make the kids fat: University of Southern California experts last November found that 10-year-olds who lived in polluted areas when they were babies, on average, 2.2 pounds (1 kg), heavier than those who grew up around cleaner air. Scientists said nitrogen dioxide pollution could disrupt the way children burn fat.
Leave the sterile woman earlyScientists at the University of Modena, Italy, in May 2019 claimed to believe Pollution accelerates women’s aging, just like smoking, which means they run out of eggs faster. This was based on finding nearly two-thirds of women with a low “reserve” of eggs regularly inhaled toxic air.
Increased risk of miscarriageScientists from the University of Utah found in January that pregnant women are 16 percent more likely to have a miscarriage if they live in highly polluted areas.
It increases the risk of breast cancerScientists at the University of Stirling found that six women working on the same bridge next to a busy road in the United States developed breast cancer within three years of each other. The study said there is a 1 in 10,000 chance that cases will be encountered. She noted that the chemicals in traffic fumes caused cancer by shutting down BRCA genes that try to stop the growth of tumors.
Destruction of a man’s spermBrazilian scientists at the University of Sao Paulo found in March that mice exposed to toxic air had lower numbers and poorer sperm quality compared to those who inhaled clean air from birth.
Reduce the likelihood that men will be sexually arousedScientists at Guangzhou Medical University in China have found that mice exposed to air pollution are struggling with sexual arousal. Scientists think it might also affect men, as inhaling toxic particles could lead to vasculitis and genital starvation – affecting men’s ability to be sexually aroused.
Make men more likely to develop erectile dysfunctionA study conducted by Guangzhou University in China in February suggested that men who live on major roads are more likely to have erectile dysfunction due to exposure to pollution. Tests on mice showed that toxic fumes reduced blood flow to the genitals, which puts them at risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
Increased risk of developing a mental disorderIn March, Kings College London scientists linked the toxic air to extreme paranoia and the voices of young people being heard for the first time. They said accurate disclosure of how pollution might lead to psychosis should be an “urgent health priority”.
It makes you frustrated: Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers found in January that the more air pollution we felt, the sadder we felt. Their study was based on an analysis of social media users in China along with average daily PM2.5 concentration and weather data of the place they live.
Causes of dementiaAir pollution may be responsible for 60,000 cases of dementia in the UK, according to researchers from King’s College London and St George’s, University of London, last September. Micro-pollutants breathe deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream, where they may travel to the brain and cause inflammation – a problem that may lead to dementia.