‘Safe’ Level Of Pollution Exposure Can Harm Pre-Birth Brain Development

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Like maternal smoking, exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may have lasting effects on the developing brain. AjSulit/Pixabay

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may alter the structure of the fetal brain in a harmful way, new research from Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain, and Erasmus University Medical Center of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, revealed. These potentially lasting brain abnormalities could impair concentration and cognitive function in school-age children. In a first, the…

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