Friday February 28, 2020

Living Near a Major Road or Highway Can Cause Neurological Diseases

The researchers suggest that this protective effect could be due to several factors

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Research found that living less than 50 metres from a major road or less than 150 metres from a highway is associated with a higher risk of developing neurological disorders -- likely due to increased exposure to air pollution. Pixabay

Researchers have revealed that living near a major road or highway is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS).

For the findings, published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers from the University of British Columbia analysed data for 678,000 adults in Metro Vancouver.

They found that living less than 50 metres from a major road or less than 150 metres from a highway is associated with a higher risk of developing neurological disorders — likely due to increased exposure to air pollution.

“For the first time, we have confirmed a link between air pollution and traffic proximity with a higher risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS at the population level,” said study lead author Weiran Yuchi from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Neurological disorders, a term that describes a range of disorders, are increasingly recognised as one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide.

Little is known about the risk factors associated with neurological disorders, the majority of which are incurable and typically worsen over time.

For the study, researchers analysed data for 678,000 adults between the ages of 45 and 84 who lived in Metro Vancouver from 1994 to 1998 and during a follow-up period from 1999 to 2003.

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Researchers have revealed that living near a major road or highway is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). Pixabay

They estimated individual exposures to road proximity, air pollution, noise and greenness at each person’s residence using postal code data.

During the follow-up period, the researchers identified 13,170 cases of non-Alzheimer’s dementia, 4,201 cases of Parkinson’s disease, 1,277 cases of Alzheimer’s disease and 658 cases of MS.

For non-Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s disease specifically, living near major roads or a highway was associated with 14 per cent and seven per cent increased risk of both conditions, respectively.

When the researchers accounted for green space, they found the effect of air pollution on the neurological disorders was mitigated.

The researchers suggest that this protective effect could be due to several factors.

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A Study estimated individual exposures to road and Highway proximity, air pollution, noise and greenness at each person’s residence using postal code data. Pixabay

“For people who are exposed to a higher level of green space, they are more likely to be physically active and may also have more social interactions,” said study senior author Michael Brauer.

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“There may even be benefits from just the visual aspects of vegetation,” Brauer added. (IANS)

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Top 5 Driving Roads in The US

Finding your way around the country, particularly if it’s your first visit might not be too easy

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There truly are some great sights to see in California as you drive from San Diego to San Francisco. Pixabay

If you love driving, then a trip to the US could prove to be one of the best experiences of your life. Driving is fun but going down the same motorway day after day can get a bit boring. Why not therefore cross the pond and go on a driving holiday in the US? This article will look at the top five driving roads in that massive country, get ready for one hell of a drive.

Finding your way around the country, particularly if it’s your first visit might not be too easy. If that is the case, you don’t want your holiday to become ‘Lost in the US’ so it’s important to get a GPS for your car. These car GPS will help you make your way around the country without the possibility of getting lost and will help with avoiding issues such as speed traps.

Pacific Coast Highway

Just the title sounds exciting and you just won’t believe the views of the delightful Pacific Coast that you will see along the way.  There truly are some great sights to see in California as you drive from San Diego to San Francisco. That GPS you’ll have purchased will be put to good use on this part of your journey which is a marathon 655 miles. There are so many highlights awaiting you on your trip. Go along the Golden Gate Bridge and head to places such as Alcatraz Island or go on one of the world famous San Francisco trams.

Tail of the Dragon

Even the title sounds exciting doesn’t it? It’s not anything to do with ‘Game of Thrones’  but you will need to be brave. This is in Winconsin and only 11 miles long but it contains an unbelievable 318 turns. That’s because it takes you along the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains with outstanding views to behold.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The US may have some massive cities full of skyscrapers but a drive around the country will see you taking in some fantastic scenery. That’s definitely the case here as you travel 469 miles from The Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the Shenandoah National Park. There’s plenty of wildlife to see and tourist attractions along the way include Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewery.

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If you love driving, then a trip to the US could prove to be one of the best experiences of your life. Pixabay

Avenue of the Giants

This one sounds a bit like a television show too. If you love nature, then this trip to California is the one for you. You can see plenty of coastal Redwood Trees along the 31 miles of this journey. It’s not all about driving though because there’s also plenty of opportunities to go swimming hiking or just enjoy a picnic.

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The Million Dollar Highway

Thankfully that’s not the price charged for going along this 25-mile road. This forms part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Your trip in Colorado goes from Silverton to Ouray and with its sheer drops, it’s almost like being on a rollercoaster. The mountain passes will give you breath-taking views of the state.