On 22 July is World Brain Day. It was established by the World Federation of Neurology to raise awareness of brain health and neurological disorders. This year's World Brain Day is dedicated to a topic that concerns us all with its topicality and omnipresence: air pollution. This poses a considerable health risk to our brain.
Nine out of ten people in the world breathe in dirty air. The World Health Organization warns that air pollution leads not only to heart disease and strokes, but also to death in about seven million people every year.
Did you know that more than 90 percent of the world's population breathes polluted air? This exposes most people to an enormous health risk. According to the World Health Organization, about a quarter of all cases of heart diseases and strokes are said to be due to excessive levels of pollution. The consequences of this burden kill around seven million people every year.
These statistics are worrying and reason enough for the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) to make air pollution the topic of the World Brain Day that takes place for the fifth time in 2018. In this context, the WFN cooperates with environmental experts, among others.
The WFN website provides information and news on the day of action and the impact of air pollution on neurological diseases. Events are planned around the world, including seminars, discussions and other media events. For this purpose, the WFN also makes advertising and educational material such as posters, brochures and presentations available for download. An important focus of the campaign is the use of social media. Accordingly, videos have already been published on the WFN's YouTube channel in which experts talk about the topic of the World Brain Day 2018.
Would you like to help raise awareness of the importance of brain health and the risks of air pollution? Then use your reach on social media by using the hashtags #WorldBrainDay2018 and #CleanAirForBrainHealth.
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