Exposure to airborne metals and particulate matter and risk for youth adjudicated for criminal activity

College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45267, USA.
Environmental Research (Impact Factor: 3.95). 08/2011; 111(8):1243-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2011.08.008
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ABSTRACT Antisocial behavior is a product of multiple interacting sociohereditary variables, yet there is increasing evidence that metal exposure, particularly, manganese and lead, play a role in its epigenesis. Other metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and mercury, and exposure to traffic-related air pollution, such as fine particulate matter (≤2.5 μm) have been associated with neurological deficits, yet largely unexplored with respect to their relationship with delinquent behavior. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ecological relationship between county-wide reported airborne emissions of air metals, particulate matter, and youth adjudicated for criminal activity.

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