Diesel fumes may damage your brain

Posted by Laura Grant on March 11, 2008
Posted in Green News

A team of Dutch researchers did an experiment to test the effects of exposure to diesel fumes on the brain by putting 10 volunteers into a room filled with exhaust from a diesel engine for one hour, reports Reuters. The volunteers’ brain waves were monitored with an EEG. The level of fumes was similar to that found on a busy road or in a garage. After about 30 minutes, the brain wave patterns displayed a stress response, which suggests changes in information processing in the brain cortex. More research is needed to determine the clinical effect of this stress and whether it has any long-term effects. Previous studies have found very small particles of soot are able to travel from the nose and lodge in the brain.

Via :: Planet Ark


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