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Growing up in dirty air 'quadruples chances of developing depression'

Children who lived in areas with higher air pollution when younger are significantly more likely to have developed major depression by the age of 18, according to research.  In the first analysis of how common air pollutants affect teenage mental health, researchers found young people were three to four times more likely to have depression at 18 if they had been exposed to dirtier air at age 12. Comparison with earlier work indicates that air pollution is a greater risk factor than physical abuse in raising the risk of teenage depression.  Read more...
 

 

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