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Prenatal air pollution exposure may affect childhood cognitive function

A study in Biological Psychiatry showed that children whose mothers were exposed to air pollution during pregnancy, even at levels below those considered safe, had thinner cortices in several brain regions between ages 6 to 10, which may impair inhibitory control and increase their risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and addictive behavior. The findings were based on brain imaging data involving 783 Dutch youths.

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