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Air pollution linked to dementia and cardiovascular disease

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  • Researchers followed 3,000 adults (74 y-o average) for up to 11 years to study the link between air pollution and dementia.
  • Notably, the study took place in Stockholm, where the air pollution levels are generally lower compared to international standards.
  • The study showed that even low pollution can increase the risk of developing dementia in people who have pre-existing heart disease.
  • Nearly all association of air pollution with dementia seemed to be accompanied by cardiovascular disease.
  • These conclusions provide new insights into treating dementia, and show that decreasing air pollution is important.

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