Common home pollutants may interfere with the growth of important brain cells, according to a recent study.


The study discovered that although heredity is a major component, environmental variables also have a considerable impact on neurological illnesses that impact millions of people globally.Researchers at Ohio’s Western Reserve University School of Medicine discovered in a recent study that chemicals in furniture, toothpaste, and disinfectants may interfere with the growth of vital brain cells. According to the study, these drugs may be linked to neurological diseases like autism spectrum disorders and multiple sclerosis.

The study, which was published in the journal “Nature Neuroscience,” discovered that although environmental variables also greatly contribute to the neurological illnesses that impact millions of people worldwide, genetics still plays a major effect.It was mentioned that exposure to environmental toxins can impair neurodevelopment, and that because oligodendrocytes develop from conception to adulthood, they may be particularly vulnerable. In spite of this, the possible hazards that environmental chemicals pose to oligodendrocytes have not received much attention.

Multiple sclerosis and other neurological illnesses are caused by the loss of oligodendrocytes, according to Paul Tesar, the study’s primary investigator. “Our findings suggest that more comprehensive scrutiny of the impacts of these common household chemicals on brain health is necessary,” Tesar stated. “We hope our work will contribute to informed decisions regarding regulatory measures or behavioural interventions to minimise chemical exposure and protect human health,” he stated.

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