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Global Health
February 20, 2018

Air Pollutants Undermine Infant Brain Development

JAMA. 2018;319(7):648. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0966

Toxic air poses a threat to brain development in 17 million infants younger than 1 year who live in areas around the world where outdoor air pollution is at least 6 times higher than international limits, according to a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). More than 12 million infants live in South Asia, and 4.3 million live in the East Asia and Pacific region. Many of these infants live in impoverished areas where they are subject to numerous environmental threats.

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