Children who are exposed to high levels of daily air pollution face a 600% higher chance of developing schizophrenia, according to research published in the JAMA Network Open. 

Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition, it causes a range of different psychological symptoms, from hallucinations to losing interest in everyday activities.

Researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark used national registry data, and pollution data from the Department of Environmental Science to investigate the link between exposure to air pollution and schizophrenia.

Individuals born in Denmark in 1981 were in contact with the researchers until either their first occurrence with schizophrenia, their emigration, death or until the end date of the preliminary research in December 2012.

 

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