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Suicide accounts for more than 40,000 deaths in the US each year, making it one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the country. While psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and depression are known drivers of suicide, a new study claims to have found evidence of a more surprising risk factor: exposure to air pollution.

This is an amazing study. Fascinating findings. Hope to get more details as the study develops.

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The researchers, including Amanda Bakian, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, publish their findings in The American Journal of Epidemiology.

Smog over a city

This is not the first study to find a link between air pollution and increased risk of suicide. A 2010 studypublished in The American Journal of Psychiatry found people from over seven cities in South Korea were 9% more likely to commit suicide within 2 days of a rise in air pollution.

And last year, Bakian and colleagues conducted a study that found residents of Salt Lake County were more likely to commit suicide within 3 days of being exposed to increased levels of nitrogen oxide or high concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) – particles in smoke and haze that are 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less.

They build on these findings with their latest study, which…

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