The association between PM 2.5 exposure and neurological disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Pengfei Fu, Xinbiao Guo, Felix Man Ho Cheung, Kin Lam YUNG*

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Abstract

Background: Recent systematic review and meta-analyses have tried to identify an association between PM 2.5 exposure and stroke, but few could find a conclusive and comprehensive evidence. Moreover, the associations between PM 2.5 , neurodegenerative diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders have never been reviewed. We aimed to assess the effects of PM 2.5 exposure on stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Parkinson's disease, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Methods: We searched PubMed and CNKI databases for articles published until June 2018. Studies were eligible for analysis if they were human studies and provided risk estimates with 95% CI. We screened 1645 articles and identified 80 eligible studies covering 26 countries across all continents except Antarctica. Risks of incidence and mortality were extracted and stratified by types of neurological disorders, PM 2.5 concentration and duration of PM 2.5 exposure. Results: We found significant association between PM 2.5 exposure and stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, ASD, Parkinson's disease. The risks of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke were higher than that of stroke in general, and that hemorrhagic stroke had by far the highest mortality. The risk of stroke for heavily polluted countries was significantly higher than that of lightly polluted countries. Short- and long-term PM 2.5 exposure was associated with increased risks of stroke (short-term odds ratio 1.01 [per 10 μg/m 3 increase in PM 2.5 concentrations], 95% CI 1.01–1.02; long-term 1.14, 95% CI 1.08–1.21) and mortality (short-term 1.02, 95% CI 1.01–1.04; long-term 1.15, 95% CI 1.07–1.24) of stroke. Long-term PM 2.5 exposure was associated with increased risks of dementia (1.16, 95% CI 1.07–1.26), Alzheimer's disease (3.26, 95% 0.84–12.74), ASD (1.68, 95% CI 1.20–2.34), and Parkinson's disease (1.34, 95% CI 1.04–1.73). Conclusions: There is a strong association between PM 2.5 exposure and neurological disorders. National governments should exert greater efforts to improve air quality given its health implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1240-1248
Number of pages9
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume655
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

User-Defined Keywords

  • Air pollution
  • Meta-analysis
  • Neurological disorders
  • PM

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