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Ambient air pollutants are associated with morning serum cortisol in overweight and obese Latino youth in Los Angeles.

BACKGROUND: Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis dysfunction has been associated with a variety of mental health and cardio-metabolic disorders. While causal models of HPA-axis dysregulation have been largely focused on either pre-existing health conditions or psychosocial stress factors, recent evidence suggests a possible role for central nervous system activation via air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3) and particulate matter (PM). Therefore, in an observational study of Latino youth, we investigated if monthly ambient NO2, O3, and PM with aerodynamic diameter

Authors: Toledo-Corral, C M; Alderete, T L; Herting, M M; Habre, R; Peterson, A K; Lurmann, F; Goran, M I; Weigensberg, M J; Gilliland, F D

Environ Health. 2021 Apr 8;20(1):39. doi: 10.1186/s12940-021-00713-2.

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