Is There a Link between Depression and Air Pollution?

old age at Rotchild BLVD

old age at Rotchild BLVD (Photo credit: shyb)

Air Pollution and Symptoms of Depression in Elderly Adults (6 page pdf, Youn-Hee Lim, Ho Kim, Jin Hee Kim, Sanghyuk Bae, Hye Yin Park, Yun-Chul HongEnviron Health Perspect, April 18, 2012)

Also discussed here: Air Pollution and Emergency Department Visits for Suicide Attempts in Vancouver, Canada (8 page pdf, Mieczysław SzyszkowiczJeff B. Willey, Eric Grafstein, Brian H. Rowe, and Ian Colman, Environmental Health Insights, Oct. 15, 2010)

The causes for depression leading to suicide have been studied for some time. In today’s review article, the focus is on the older population and an investigation of the links with air pollution. Results indicate a significant association for depression with NO2, O3 and PM 10 and highlights what could become a major health issue in the graying society, especially in urban areas where these three pollutants tend to be worse.

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