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Tracking and highlighting the affects of Air Pollution on Mental Health

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246505D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 174K

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This document looks at a system for monitoring air pollution levels and analysing its impact on an individual’s mental health and level of depression. Information on the level of air pollution and the person’s level of depression can be gathered using wearable technology. This data can then be utilized and made available to predict future levels of depression in individuals and cities so appropriate action can be taken when required.

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Tracking and highlighting the affects of Air Pollution on Mental Health

System for Tracking and Highlighting the affects of Air Pollution on Mental Health

    Disclosed is an idea for a system which uses wearable technology to track the level of air pollution a person is being exposed to, and to combine this with readings from technology capable of a tracking a person's level of depression in a

wearable device. These results could then be utilized to highlight the affect that air pollution is having on a person's mental health. Tracking pollution in a city is not a new idea but adding the concept of mood tracking to identify and track how much impact the level of air pollution is having on the person's level of depression is. Background

    Pollution affects over 100 million worldwide, one of the most common forms of pollution is Air Pollution [1]. There are many types of Air Pollution, some are visible - some invisible. Generally, any substance which people introduce into the atmosphere which causes damaging effects on living things and the environment is considered pollution

[2] . Most people are aware of the damaging effects of Air

Pollution which has led to the likes of global warming and acid rain, these in turn have led to increased temperatures, erratic rains and droughts worldwide. We are also aware of the negative effects it has on the human body, every polluted air particle we breath in increases our chances of getting asthma and cancer in the lungs [3]. In Mexico alone it is estimated Air Pollution causes 6400 deaths each year [1].

Based on information gathered by the World Health Organization outdoor Air Pollution has increased by 80% in the past 5 years, billions of people are now exposed to dangerous air and more than 3,000 cities are now being reported as polluted [4]. Despite all these issues, new problems leading from Air Pollution are only starting to be discovered. New research has shown that "prolonged exposure to polluted air can have visible, negative effects on the brain which can lead to a variety of health problems" [5]. Air pollution has been shown to lead to learning and memory problems as well as depression, low mood and sleep apnea

[5] [6]

                                             [7] . Americans born a century ago had about a 1% change of developing major depression in their lifetime, today evidence shows they have a 19.2% chance which has led to other health effects such as heart disease [8]. Since 47% of Americans now live in cities

with unhealthy levels of Air Pollution [9] (up 5% from 42% last year) it is important that the extent of the correlation between Air Pollution and mental health problems is discovered and understood so that efforts can be made to reduce these negative effects and improve treatment for those already effected.

    In many big cities, monitoring equipment has been installed at many points in the city. Authorities read them regularly to check the quality of air. Governments throughout the world have taken action against air po...