#Flash: Air Pollution Can Increase Risk Of Self Harm
Research revealed that children exposed to high levels of air pollution are up to 50 % more likely to self-harm later in life. This study used each person's place of residence to calculate the outdoor levels of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide exposure of that area and later tracked the individuals, noting which ones went to hospital for self-harm. It was seen that exposure to an average of 19 ?g/m3 or more of particulate matter each day was associated with a 48 per cent higher chance of self-harming later in life. Also, cases were higher among women, in those whose parents had mental illness and individuals from poorer families. It was concluded that high pollution levels could trigger inflammation in the brain and hence, can cause mental illness.

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