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Increased rates of depression and bipolar disorder could be linked to poor air quality, a new study has found.
Research led by the University of Chicago and based on analysis of large population data sets from the United States and Denmark suggests a 'significant link' between pollution and mental health disorders in the two countries.
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The study, which is the latest to link poor air quality with ill-health, used a US health insurance database of 151 million people with 11 years of inpatient and outpatient claims for neuropsychiatric diseases.
The study, published in PloS Biology, found that counties with the worst air quality had a 27 percent increase in bipolar disorder and a six percent increase in major depression when compared with those with the best air quality.
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Researchers then compared the 'geo-incidents' of claims to measurements of 87 potential air pollutants.
The UChicago team applied the same methodology to data from Denmark to validate its findings.
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In collaboration with Denmark-based researchers Aarhus, they examined the incidence of neuropsychiatric disease in Danish adults living in areas with poor environmental quality up to their 10th birthdays.
The team found there was a 29 percent increase in mental health disorders...
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