Pollution is known to have a negative impact on a large number of things belonging to the environment. Everyone also knows that, when found in increased levels, pollution can have consequences to people’s health, some of which may turn out to be very serious. Additionally, a new study also linked pollution to an increase in the risk of developing one of the worst medical conditions of our era, Alzheimer’s disease.
Types of nanoparticles (a term that translates to extremely small pieces) that are now known to be products of air pollution were located in the brain tissue of people. To this day, the theory of experts was that they were by natural procedures since they were believed to be created by our body. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case. A research conducted by a team of scientists based in the United Kingdom is here to prove that they are yet another residue of air pollution.
The research targeted a certain type of particles called magnetite, which is an iron oxide. The results left no room for misinterpretation. There were literally millions of them found on every single grammar of frozen brain tissue. But that’s not all. Scientists were also stunned when they found platinum, a chemical element only known to exist in the engines of cars in the form that it was discovered.
Even though the first indications are alarming, researchers claim that there is no reason to panic since it was a very small research, thus we cannot reach a solid conclusion yet. The next step is tracking these nanoparticles back to their original source and locating their exact point of origin.
But even when this is done, the task will be far from complete because of the too little information we have about Alzheimer’s disease at the moment. However, knowing that the aforementioned materials increase the likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s, and avoiding them, is helpful in the effort to ‘shield’ people the best way possible and make sure they have the lowest chance possible.
The magnetite particles included in the study are not only related to this particular disease, but can also trigger other neurological disorders and even premature aging of the brain since they are highly toxic for that particular area of the human body, and they have been observed to produce oxygen molecules that are highly reactive and can cause various types of damages.
Once again, we are witnessing the devastating effects of pollution on our health. It is the duty of every one of us to not only protect ourselves and our health but also protect our environment since we are dependent on it more than anything else.