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Don't Forget to Be Sad: Study Shows Air Pollution Causes Depression, Memory Loss
Are you feeling tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Now you can blame the air pollution. A study recently published by Ohio State University claims that "long-term exposure to air pollution can lead to physical changes in the brain, as well as learning and memory problems and even depression."
While past studies have shown the link between lung and heart health and air pollution, this study focused on the neuroscience. The researchers used mice and exposed them to polluted air, which contained the same fine particulate matter produced by cars, factories, and dust. "The concentration of particulate matter that the mice were exposed to was equivalent to what people may be exposed to in some polluted urban areas."
The result: The pollution caused abnormal brain cells, swelling in other parts of the body that typically lead to depression, and stunted or fewer signals emitting from the part of the brain that affects memory and mood.
In Los Angeles--the 6th most toxic city in the nation, and 2010's "smoggiest city" designee--our air quality remains an ongoing issue.
Maybe next time you're feeling down in the dumps, instead of going outside for some "fresh air," just stay in. Siiiiiiiigh.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.