An interesting story has hit the media this morning, after a new study has revealed that air pollution could be responsible for 60,000 cases of dementia in the UK. Those living in areas with the highest levels of nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere were 40 percent more likely to develop dementia.
It’s said that researchers from King’s College London and St George’s University of London have found the most robust piece of evidence yet, which supports the notion that toxic fumes could be linked to the disease.
The particular culprits are nitrogen dioxide and sooty smog released from old diesel cars, with one in fourteen cases thought to be caused by air pollution.
Professor Kelly, of King’s College London and a government adviser on air pollution, said: ‘This is a very serious problem. The more we look at all the chronic diseases in society, the more air pollution crops up as a recurring factor.
“We’re not saying air pollution is the only cause of dementia. But by tackling air pollution, even if you merely delayed the onset of dementia, that would be of enormous benefit for families and the health service.”
Aaron Kiely, air pollution campaigner at Friends of the Earth said: “Efforts to clean up our cars, vans and lorries must be put in the fast lane – we can’t afford to wait until 2040 for most new vehicles to be zero-emission,” he said. “Greater investment is also needed in alternatives to motor vehicles, such as safer cycling infrastructure, and affordable and convenient public transport.”
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