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Living near green spaces decreases chances of neurological disorders: UBC study

Living near major roads and highways increases chances

January 24, 2020
By CBC News

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that living close to major roads is linked to an increase in certain neurological disorders, while living in proximity to green space is linked to a decrease. Ben Nelms, Lydia Neufeld/CBC

A University of British Columbia study shows that people living near parks and green spaces have a much lower risk of contracting neurological disorders than people living near major roads and highways. The study, recently published in the journal Environmental Health, was conducted among adults living the metro Vancouver area and found people living near roads and highways had an increased chance of developing multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.