Higher Dementia Risk May Be Associated With Living Near A Busy Road, Study Suggests

Reuters (1/4, Kelland) reports, “People who live near busy roads laden with heavy traffic face a higher risk of developing dementia than those living further away,” researchers found after analyzing “records of more than 6.5 million Ontario residents aged 20 to 85,” then mapping “residents’ proximity to major roadways using postal codes.”

CNN (1/4, Senthilingam) reports investigators “found that people living within 50 meters (164 feet) of” a major “road had a 7% greater risk of developing dementia.” The findings were published online in The Lancet.

According to MedPage Today (1/4, Bachert), the author of an accompanying editorial observed that “the study ‘opens up a crucial global health concern for millions of people.

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— “Scientists link higher dementia risk to living near heavy traffic,”Kate Kelland, Reuters, January 4, 2017.

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