05 Jul '11, 7pm

Remember the anti-drug PSA with the fried egg? This is your brain on drugs, any questions? Time for a dirty air redo

New research links air pollution to depression, brain changes Remember the anti-drug commercial where illicit drugs (played by butter) fried a brain (played by an egg)? Over the action, a gravelly voice intoned "This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?" Those PSAs were a fixture of my childhood. Now, well into adulthood, I wonder if it is perhaps time for a redux. But in the sequel, instead of playing drugs, butter would play the part of dirty air. Why the update, you ask? Because it turns out that over time, lungfuls of dirty air may affect our memories and even our moods. This revelation comes from a neuroscience research team at Ohio State University, which published its findings this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry (find it next to Rolling Stone at the local newsstand, or here ). The research suggests that chronic exposure to soot—also known ...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-july/this-is-your-brain...

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