A study reported in the Environmental Health Perspectives by Kioumourtzoglou et al (2015) indicates that air pollution accelerates the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease. This is the first large-scale, epidemiological study looking at the association between air pollution and neurodegenerative diseases. Although it has some limitations, it nevertheless suggests that exposure to neurotoxicants can play a role in neurodegenerative disease progression not only before but also after disease onset!
These findings in humans are supported by recent animal studies by Bhatt et al., (2015) suggesting that prolonged exposure to airborne particulate matter has the potential to promote development of early AD-like neuropathology.
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Link to Article in PubMed
Link to PDF of Kioumourtzoglou et al (2015)
Link to Bhatt et al (2015)