Millions of Cases of Asthma may be Caused by Chemicals in Air Pollution: New study

A new study has found that nearly 2 million new cases of pediatric asthma every year may be caused by a traffic-related air pollutant, a problem particularly important in big cities.  Equally disturbing, a second study by the same research team finds that 1.8 million excess deaths around the world are linked to urban air pollution.

Boy or Girl? Toxins in Your Air and Water may Decide

According to new scientific study results, changes in the human sex ratio at birth—defined as the percentage of newborns that are boys—are associated with the presence of toxic levels of air and water pollutants.

Brain Shrinkage, Memory Problems, Depression Linked to Air Pollution Chemicals

Two separate scientific studies have revealed some sobering news about the link between air pollution chemicals and serious brain harm.  In the first study, higher exposures to air pollution chemicals were associated with increased depressive symptoms and subsequent memory decline. In the second study, people who had higher levels of air pollution exposure had more brain shrinkage–the kind of shrinkage commonly seen in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.