In the News: New Study Links Traffic and Dementia

Screenshot of Dr. Carol Lippa speaking with CBS3CBS 3 reporter Stephanie Stahl recently reported on a new study that says traffic can increase the risk of developing dementia. Dr. Carol Lippa, MD, neurologist at the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson, weighed in on the research.

“It’s not really a cause for panic because it’s just a very slight increase in risk,” assured Dr. Lippa

The observational study (which was not conducted at Jefferson) suggests that those who are surrounded by highways and heavy traffic are at a greater risk of developing dementia as opposed to those who live farther from the congestion. It is unknown if the risk is caused by the noise, or the pollution, but the results indicated there was a link.

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