NYC air decreases your child’s IQ

NYC air decreases your child’s IQ

According to the study, carried out by Columbia University, children that live in New York have lower IQ level. Such situation is caused by polluted air and economic hardship, which would stalk children when they are grown up.

Children’s brain may be affected by the polluted NY air a lot. 

According to the study, carried out by Columbia University, children that live in New York have lower IQ level. Such situation is caused by polluted air and economic hardship, which would stalk children when they are grown up.

Medical journal ‘Neurotoxicology and Teratology’ published a report which says that even tiniest changes in IQ level may affect child’s future a lot. That’s why, researchers are strongly concerned about present situation.

Researchers have been observing 276 kids from Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx for 7 years. The research started when their mothers were pregnant.

The kids who lived in the poorest families and the most polluted areas showed the result that was a bit shocking. Their IQ level was 6.6 lower than the level of kids from other groups. The highest point for IQ test is 100.

In addition to this, their results for “working memory” test are 8 scores lower (people use that type of memory to carry out their behavior), for “perceptual reasoning” are 5.7 points lower (helps people to visualize solution to problems they face).

From the moment of birth of the baby, scientists were examining its blood to reveal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and chemicals which are produced by the burning of gas, diesel, oils and others.

During their third trimester, the mothers carried air monitors in backpacks. Later they had to answer questions about the ability to feed, clothe and accommodate their kids. The innovative study showed how prenatal exposure to PAH is connected to the kids’ development.

This report adds to the growing literature on the vulnerability of the developing fetus and young child to the toxic effects of environmental pollutants

According to the research, children’s left side of brain was greatly damaged by the pollution. That means that their ability to think quickly doesn’t work as it has to. It may also be a reason of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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