EXTRACT FROM THE HINDU-National Newspaper.
LONDON: January 05, 2017 22:13 IST Updated: January 05, 2017 22:13 IST
WHO estimates the number of people with dementia in 2015 at 47.5 million, a number that is rising as life expectancy increases?
People who live near roads laden with heavy traffic face a higher risk of developing dementia than those living further away, possibly because pollutants get into their brains via the blood stream, according to researchers in Canada.
A study in The Lancet medical journal found that people who lived within 50 metres of high-traffic roads had a seven per cent higher chance of developing dementia compared to those who lived more than 300 metres away from busy roadways.
“Air pollutants can get into the blood stream and lead to inflammation, which is linked with cardiovascular disease and possibly other conditions such as diabetes. This study suggests air pollutants that can get into the brain via the blood stream can lead to neurological problems,” said Ray Copes, an environmental and occupational health expert at Public Health Ontario (PHO) who conducted the study with colleagues from Canada’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Dementia is caused by brain diseases, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease, which result in the loss of brain cells and affect memory, thinking, behavior, navigational and spatial abilities and the ability to perform everyday activities.
The World Health Organization estimates the number of people with dementia in 2015 at 47.5 million, and that total is rising rapidly as life expectancy increases and societies age. The incurable condition is a leading cause of disability and dependency, and is starting to overtake heart disease as a cause of death in some developed countries. Independent experts said the Canadian study had important implications for public health around the world. Tom Dening of the Centre for Old Age and Dementia at Britain’s Nottingham University said the findings were “interesting and provocative”.
“It is unlikely that Ontario has the worst air quality in the world, so the risks might be even greater in cities that are habitually wrapped in smog,” he said. . — Reuters.
It’s happening everywhere, even in India, even in our living spaces and its time to figure out this major health disease.
DEMENTIA-caused due to air pollution and steady growth of community noise.
What the Wikipedia says about this urban or community noise: Noise pollution or noise disturbance is the disturbing or excessive noise that may harm the activity or balance of human or animal life. The source of most outdoor noise worldwide is mainly caused by machines and transportation systems, motor vehicles, aircraft, and trains. Outdoor noise is summarized by the word environmental noise. Poor urban planning may give rise to noise pollution, since side-by-side industrial and residential buildings can result in noise pollution in the residential areas. Documented problems associated with urban noise go back as far as Ancient Rome.
WE ENTER HERE…..
Noise is everywhere. It surrounds and, at times, overwhelms us. Some are better at adapting to a noisy city life than others. Some consider the noise a minor nuisance, if they consider it a nuisance at all. Then there are those of us who lose a little piece of sanity in the wake of every honking horn and heart-stopping car backfire. We know noise is a problem in our cities, but just how big a problem is it?
Noise is generally defined as unwanted sound. That’s straightforward enough, but such a definition does, in a way, understate the seriousness of noise as a social problem. Noise pollution is a form of air pollution, making it a threat to health and wellbeing.
Our towns and cities have to balance providing mobility, which enables economic growth and social interaction, with maintaining quality of life, in the form of reduced traffic congestion, atmospheric pollution and noise.
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