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Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer for first time

by Damian Carrington, The Guardian

Exclusive: tiny particles produced by motor traffic can invade the brain and carry carcinogens.

New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time.

The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced by fuel burning, particularly in diesel vehicles, and higher exposures significantly increase people’s chances of getting the deadly cancer. Previous work has shown that nanoparticles can get into the brain and that they can carry carcinogenic chemicals.

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