Study links air pollution with mental illness in children

A large longitudinal cohort study, published in BMJ Open, has found an association between neighbourhood air pollution concentrations and prescribed medication for psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents in Sweden.

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Researchers examined the data of more than half a million children and adolescents under 18 years of age, with an average follow-up time of three and a half years.

Results indicated that ‘children and adolescents living in areas with higher air pollution concentrations were more likely to have a prescribed medication for a psychiatric disorder during follow-up.’

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