Population Health

January 24, 2018

Evaluating the connection between toxic air and mental health

Air PollutionNew research from a University of Washington-led study found that the risk of psychological distress increased alongside the amount of fine particulate matter in the air of a specific neighborhood.

The research also indicated that black men and white women show the most significant correlation between air pollution and psychological distress.

This study is believed to be the first to use a nationally representative survey pool, cross-referenced with pollution data at the census block level, to evaluate the connection between toxic air and mental health.

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