Living close to a major roadway could increase dementia risk, study says

Living close to a major roadway could increase your likelihood of developing dementia according to a new study cited by CNN in this article.

Researchers found that people living within 50 meters (164 feet) of a noisy road had a 7% greater risk of developing dementia.

The level of risk decreases proportionally, they say, with a 4% higher risk among people living 50 to 100 meters (328 feet) away and a 2% higher risk among people living 101 to 200 meters (656 feet, or about a 10th of a mile) away.

Two common pollutants — nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter — were seen to be associated with dementia risk, but the team believes that other factors are likely to be involved in this link, such as noise from traffic.

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