Ninety Percent, Christine Curren, Today discussed on The Academic Minute
Northern kentucky university week air pollution is still a killer for the world. I'm dr lynn. Pascarella president of the association of american colleges and universities and today on the academic minute christine curren associate professor of biological sciences examines. How it affects more than just the lungs. The world health organization estimates that air pollution kills seven million people a year and that ninety percent of the world's population breeze unhealthy air. Although most people understand air pollution harms the lungs. That's not the whole story. Were concerned because air pollution can also harm the developing brain. there's increasing that air pollution can have lifelong impacts following exposure during pregnancy and early life. For example children exposed to high levels of pollution are more to have trouble in school more likely to have behavioral problems and more likely to suffer depression in our lab. We're working to identify. Genetic differences that affect an individual's susceptibility to traffic related. Air pollution or trap. These chemicals are also found in grilled food and cigarette smoke so most of us are exposed to these pollutants. Every time we drive down the highway or enjoy a burger off the grill. We use mice with genetic differences similar to humans. In this way we compare the effects of the same level of pollution on mice with different genetic combinations. We test their learning and memory coordination and balance and the response to stress. Then we look inside the brain to see if there were changes in neuro transmitters. The chemicals the brain uses.