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Vehicle exhaust fumes and traffic jam may be bad for your brain

By SYF77 on 16 Nov 2011

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A new series of health studies may have discovered a link between vehicle exhaust and a range of ailments such as autism, Alzheimer's disease and many others. The Wall Street Journal reports that scientists around the world have conducted studies investigating the impact of exhaust fumes on ‘uytrq families living close to highways.

The researchers are quick to point out that the results are still circumstantial at this point, but that doesn't make their findings any comfortable to live with. For instance, children who live in areas affected by high levels of emissions typically score lower on intelligence tests than their peers and are more prone to depression, anxiety and attention issues. In addition, researchers found that children born to mothers living within 1,000 feet of a major roadway in Los Angeles, Sacramento or San Francisco were twice as likely to be born with autism regardless of factors such as race, gender or family education level. In Mexico, the studies found that exposure to exhaust can cause a type of brain swelling similar to what Alzheimer's patients suffer from.

For those who are occasionally trapped in traffic jams, studies found that breathing in high-traffic areas for just 30 minutes can cause increased brain activity in the areas responsible for personality and decision making. Perhaps being caught in a traffic jam affects the mood as well, which could in turn make a person feels frustrated. Maybe LTA may one day quote these studies to justify increase in ERP charges, as reduced traffic congestion makes Singaporeans better decision makers!

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Tinydog Nov 17 2011 10:21 AM
like that country like Singapore, city like Beijing how? congestion + air pollution that affects practically every people everyday
Caravan Nov 17 2011 10:27 AM
Most people here live within a major road or expressway.
In any case, it's been published before our air quality failed some of the standards of WHO.
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