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Pollution May Be a Hidden Factor in Mental Illness, Study Finds

16:51 EDT 20 Aug 2019 | Discover Magazine

(Credit: Shutterstock) The roots of mental illness are still a mystery. But researchers think our mental health is shaped by a combination of factors, like genetics, our developmental environment and our life experiences. But there’s one factor that scientists say may have gone unnoticed. It appears that where we live, and how polluted it is, can increase our likelihood of developing a mental illness. That's according to a new large-scale population study published in PLOS Biology

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