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    Default Studies Link Air Pollution To Mental Health Issues In Children

    Cincinatti Children's Hospital Medical Center
    September 25 2019

    Three new studies by scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cincinnati, highlight the relationship between air pollution and mental health in children.

    A study to be published Sept. 25 in Environmental Health Perspectives found that short-term exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with exacerbations of psychiatric disorders in children one to two days later, as marked by increased utilization of the Cincinnati Children's emergency department for psychiatric issues....

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    Default Re: Studies Link Air Pollution To Mental Health Issues In Children

    Interesting. I don't know how the study defined "short term" exposure to air pollution. But, children--worldwide--don't spend much time outdoors anymore. A recent study, "Play In Balance," surveyed 12,000 parents all over the world about the time their children spent outdoors. 74 percent reported that their child spent less than 60 minutes a day outdoors, while 18 percent of parents in UK reported their child spent less than 30 minutes. Kids don't play outdoors anymore.

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    That's astonishing! My two grandchildren are exceptions. I'm not sure about the dead of winter, but spring, summer and fall, both are engaged in outdoor sports: football and baseball for the boy, tennis and team sports for the girl, and both are active in scouting. In addition, they are frequent visitors to playgrounds, parks, arboretums and botanical gardens. Sometimes I think city kids spend more time outside than their rural cousins!
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    Default Re: Studies Link Air Pollution To Mental Health Issues In Children

    Mine too, thank heavens. Swimming, cycling, roller skating, trampolining and playing in the park were regular activities when she was younger. When I cared for her we spent most of the time outside unless it was raining or very hot. I asked her about TV, and she said she didn't have time!

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