How do solvents affect brain health?
Jun 29, 2018
A recent article by The Conversation titled "Why solvents can affect brain health even at low levels of exposure" explores the impact of solvent use on brain health in an occupational setting. While this research is not in relation to young people's misuse of inhalants (and therefore cannot be directly transferable), we can learn from the effects and health risks of solvent use in different settings. The article explores a recent study from New Zealand of workers exposed to solvents in the workplace. It was found that collision repair workers who were exposed to solvents were more likely to report symptoms than construction workers (who were not exposed to solvents) in areas of neurological symptoms, mood and memory and concentration problems. The collision repair workers also scored lower than the construction workers in tests which aimed to measure attention, concentration, problem solving and reaction times.
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