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Children born to mothers in polluted areas 'have IQs up to seven points LOWER than those raised in cleaner air'

Children born to mothers who live in polluted areas may grow up to be less intelligent, a study suggests.  Research has found being exposed to tiny particles of air pollution while in the womb could affect brain development so much it dents a child's IQ.  Toxic particles may be able to travel through the placenta and cause direct brain damage, or stop the placenta working properly, scientists suggest.  Toddlers living in highly polluted areas were found to have an IQ an average of 2.5 points lower – and up to 6.8 points down – by the time they were four than those living in the least polluted.  Read more....



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