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Air Pollution Linked to Mental Health Issues in Children

A study published Sept. 25, 2019, in Environmental Health Perspectives reports that short-term exposures to air pollution are driving more children to the emergency department for psychiatric treatment.

The study, based on utilization data from Cincinnati Children’s, also found that children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution compared to other children, especially for disorders related to anxiety and suicidality.

The lead authors of this study are Cole Brokamp, PhD, and Patrick Ryan, PhD, both with the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

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Here are two more recent studies that also report on how air pollution affects mental health in children:

Myo-inositol mediates the effects of traffic-related air pollution on generalized anxiety symptoms at age 12 years

Lifetime exposure to traffic-related air pollution and symptoms of depression and anxiety at age 12 years

See news coverage:

View coverage in The Hill’s “Changing America” collection

Coverage on CNN

Feature in UK Daily Mail

Article in Newsweek

Story in Environmental Health News

Publication Information
Original title: Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Department Utilization and Fine Particulate Matter: A Case-Crossover Study
Published in: Environmental Health Perspectives
Publish date: Sept. 25, 2019
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