Air pollution is a known risk factor in cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders, but what impact does it have on mood? This study found that women with higher exposure to air pollution were more likely to experience anxiety.
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These results certainly have a clear clinical implication. We should consider the potential impact of air quality on any patient with anxiety symptoms.
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