Living closer to major road brings high risk of suffering demention, new study suggests
Bangalore , January 6, 2017 – A major new study suggests that people living close to busy roads may have a higher chance of suffering dementia.
Researchpublished in the medical journal Lancet indicates that as many as 11% ofdementia cases among people living up to 100 meters from a highway withsignificant traffic could be due to vehicle emissions as well as otherpollutants or traffic noise.
According tothe Lancet, the researchers tracked all adults aged between 20 and 85 living inOntario, Canada - approximately 6.6 million people - for over a decade from2001 to 2012. The prestigious medical publication noted that ‘the risk ofdeveloping dementia reduced as people lived further away from a main road -with a 7% higher risk in developing dementia among those living within 50metres, a 4% higher risk at 50-100 metres, a 2% higher risk at 101-200 metresand no increase in risk in those living more than 200 metres away’.
Lead authorDr Hong Chen, Public Health Ontario, Canada, was quoted in the Lancet assaying: “Increasing population growth and urbanization has placed many peopleclose to heavy traffic, and with widespread exposure to traffic and growingrates of dementia, even a modest effect from near-road exposure could pose alarge public health burden”.
Blueair, aworld leader in indoor air purification technologies, believes that oneimmediate solution to contaminated air at home or work in urban areas withheavy traffic is to use an air purifier meeting high standards for removingairborne pollution such as those set by AHAM, the U.S. Association of HomeAppliance Manufacturers.
AHAM saysroom air cleaners that are certified through its Certification Program 'havebeen certified and verified by an independent laboratory, assuring consumersthat the product will perform according to the manufacturer’s product claimsfor suggested room size'. The AHAM program also verifies the reduction of threecommon household particulates: tobacco smoke, dust and pollen, which arecommonly referred to as the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR).
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