Coal Plant Closure in China Led to Improvements in Children’s Health

Decreased exposure to air pollution associated with increases in key protein in brain development –

Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key protein for brain development, according to a study of looking at the closure of coal-burning power plant in China led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health.

The study is the first to assess BDNF and cognitive development with respect to prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a component of air pollution commonly emitted from coal burning. Results appear online in the journal PLOS ONE and can be found on our site here.

 

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