A study recently released by University of Rochester researchers indicates
that air pollution exposure may have a negative impact on mental health
and could possibly play a role in schizophrenia and autism. The
university's study was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
The researchers found that air pollution causes inflammation in the
brains of newly born mice, which damages the development of “white
matter.” The same parts of the brain are known to be affected in humans
exhibiting autism and schizophrenia traits.