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New research links air pollution to increased risk of depression and bipolar disorder

Over the last decade, researchers have identified dozens of genes that are associated with risk for conditions like bipolar disorder and depression. But genetics can only explain a small portion of a person’s risk of developing a disease, sending researchers searching for other factors that could contribute. Air pollution might be a candidate, according to a new study, which found that living in areas with bad air quality is associated with increased risk for neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder and depression.
Poor air quality is associated with an array of health harms.
Poor air quality is associated with an array of health harms. (Pixabay/)

Over the past decade, researchers have identified dozens of genes that are associated with risk for conditions like bipolar disorder and depression. However, genetics can only explain a small portion of a person’s risk of developing a disease, sending researchers searching for other factors that could contribute. Air pollution might be a candidate, according to a new study, which found

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