Brain damage can take place due to freeway air pollution

Brain damage can take place due to freeway air pollution A recent study has stated that there have been various heart and respiratory problems related to Southern California freeway pollution but the latest is brain damage and that too of a significant nature.

It was found by the Southern California study that tiny particles are behind causing the damage and not smog and these particles have been estimated at each roughly one-thousandth the width of a human hair that is formed of burning fossil fuel and weathering of car parts and pavement.

Neurons that are meant for memory and learning are supposed to get damaged when exposure to the particles takes place and these particles are too small to be captured by car filtering systems. Other side-effects of this are Alzheimer's disease and inflammation associated with premature aging.

Todd Morgan, a USC gerontology professor and author of the study said, "We're looking at one particular component of air pollution. These are very, very small particles that aren't really studied or looked at by the, Environmental Protection Agency, even."

The way road pollution effects brain was explored in this study and Morgan said that the study was first to do so.