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Growing evidence links air pollution rise with depression risk

Oct 25, 2020 12:57 IST

Researchers from the UK have found new evidence of the link between rising air pollution with a higher risk of depression and anxiety. 

An incremental increase in nitrogen dioxide, largely produced by diesel vehicles, heightened the risk of common mental disorders by 39%, while tiny particle pollution, which comes from burning fuels, and brake and tyre dust, increased the risk by 18%, found researchers. 

The study that followed over 1,000 people in London also found that people living in highly polluted areas are at double the risk of experiencing mental health problems. 

'Air pollution is not the only factor that may have an impact on the presence of mental disorders, but it is a preventable one,' Imperial College professor who led the research told The Guardian.