Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-55597f9d44-vkn6t Total loading time: 1.001 Render date: 2022-08-15T02:17:09.477Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "useRatesEcommerce": false, "useNewApi": true } hasContentIssue true

Association between particulate matter air pollution and risk of depression and suicide: systematic review and meta-analysis – RETRACTED

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 February 2019

Xuelin Gu
Affiliation:
MSc Student, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Peking University, China
Qisijing Liu
Affiliation:
PhD Student, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Peking University, China
Furong Deng
Affiliation:
Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Peking University, China
Xueqin Wang
Affiliation:
Associate Professor, Peking University Sixth Hospital, Peking University Institute of Mental Health, Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Ministry of Health (Peking University), National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders (Peking University Sixth Hospital), China
Hualiang Lin
Affiliation:
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Xinbiao Guo
Affiliation:
Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Peking University, China
Shaowei Wu*
Affiliation:
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Peking University; Key Laboratory of Molecular Cardiovascular Sciences, Peking University, Ministry of Education, China
*
Correspondence: Shaowei Wu, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Peking University, 38 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100191, China. Email: shaowei_wu@bjmu.edu.cn
Rights & Permissions[Opens in a new window]

Abstract

Background

Some recent studies examined the effect of ambient particulate matter (PM) pollution on depression and suicide. However, the results have been inconclusive.

Aims

To determine the overall relationship between PM exposure and depression/suicide in the general population.

Method

We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of case-crossover and cohort studies to assess the association between PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 µm or less) or PM10 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter between 2.5 and 10 µm) exposure and depression/suicide.

Results

A total of 14 articles (7 for depression and 7 for suicide) with data from 684 859 participants were included in the meta-analysis. With a 10 µg/m3 increase in PM2.5 we found a 19% (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.19 [1.07, 1.33]) increased risk of depression and a marginally increased risk of suicide (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.05 [0.99, 1.11]) in the general population. We did not observe any significant associations between increasing exposure to PM10 and depression/suicide. Sensitivity and subgroup analyses were used to determine the robustness of results. The strongest estimated effect of depression associated with PM2.5 appeared in a long-term lag pattern (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.25 [1.07, 1.45], P < 0.01) and cumulative lag pattern (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.26 [1.07, 1.48], P < 0.01).

Conclusions

The meta-analysis suggested that an increase in ambient PM2.5 concentration was strongly associated with increased depression risk in the general population, and the association appeared stronger at long-term lag and cumulative lag patterns, suggesting a potential cumulative exposure effect over time.

Declaration of interest

None.

Type
Review articles
Copyright
Copyright © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2019 

Burden of mental disorders and PM pollution

Mental disorders are highly prevalent in the population and have recently been identified as an essential contributor to global disease burden.1 In 2016, depressive disorder accounted for about 44 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) and 34.1 million years lived with disability.2 Suicide, another mental health problem closely associated with depressive disorder, was the second leading cause of death among those aged 15−29 years and the 17th leading cause of death in the general population in 2015.3

Ambient particulate matter (PM) pollution – one of the most important environmental risk factors for human health – was responsible for 105.7 million DALYs globally in 2016, ranking sixth among behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risk factors.4 It was also among the top ten risk factors for attributable deaths in 195 countries and territories, including India and China, where it ranked the third and fourth place in 2016, respectively.4 Since the prevalence of depression and suicide has been increasing rapidly and effective treatments for depression are not easily accessible,13 it is important to investigate relevant risk factors and public prevention methods for these mental health issues.

Relevance and lack of epidemiological studies

Previous epidemiological and experimental studies have linked air pollution to diseases of the central nervous system, behaviour deficits, neuroinflammation and neuropathology in humans and animals.Reference Block and Calderón-Garcidueñas5Reference Block, Elder, Auten, Bilbo, Chen and Chen7 There has been an increasing number of studies investigating the association between mental health problems and air pollutionReference Cho, Choi, Suh, Sohn, Kim and Cho8Reference Kim, Ng, Chung, Kim, Honda and Guo21 following the discovery of a possible mechanism of inflammation and oxidative stress.Reference Anisman and Hayley22Reference Campbell, Oldham, Becaria, Bondy, Meacher and Sioutas25

Therefore, we conducted the first meta-analysis for cohort and case-crossover studies on ambient PM and mental health (specifically depression and completed suicide) in the general population. We also investigated the potential pattern of association over different lag times and subgroups divided by study characteristics such as gender ratio, country/region, study design and study quality.

Methods

Search strategy

We identified relevant publications before 13 March 2018 by systematic searches in the following literature databases: PubMed, Medline, Embase, Ovid and Web of Science. We also searched the reference lists of all identified relevant publications and the following grey literature databases: SIGLE, Social Care Online, British National Bibliography for Report Literature and NTIS. We conducted a literature search for particulate matter, depression or suicide using ‘AND’ as the combining term for the two search themes (see details in Supplementary Table 1 available at https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2018.295).

Inclusion criteria

Two reviewers (S.W. and X.G.) collected articles eligible for further review by performing an initial screening of identified abstracts or titles, followed by a full-text review. Discrepancies were resolved by consensus. The broad inclusion criteria for articles were: (a) original studies and reporting on the association of PM and depression or suicide in a cohort study (prospective cohort or historical cohort) or case-crossover design for the general population; (b) results were reported in a quantitative exposure–response relationship manner (relative risk/odds ratio and 95% CIs); (c) daily air PM data were ambient and obtained from multiple air monitoring stations; (d) studies had outcomes for incidence of depression, depressive symptoms or completed suicide; and (e) efforts had been taken to control for important confounding factors including demographic variables (such as age, gender, jobs and income) and meteorological variables (such as temperature, humidity and sunshine duration).

Exclusion criteria

The exclusion criteria for articles were: (a) not original and other animal studies, toxicological studies, case reports, case series and duplicates; (b) inadequate information after contacting the authors; (c) not full-length articles or did not provide calculable or reported relative risk/odds ratio and 95% CIs; (d) the definition of depression or suicide was uncertain or suicide events were uncompleted; (e) study participants were selected from special population subgroups with high risk of neurological and psychological disease; and (f) study designs were cross-sectional designs or time-series designs.

Data extraction

Two reviewers (S.W. and X.G.) extracted the following information about the studies independently using a form developed for this review: study characteristics (study name, authors, publication year, journal, study design, location, population, follow-up years and sample size), participants' characteristics (mean age and gender ratio), PM exposure variable (PM2.5 or PM10), exposure concentration (mean/median), outcome measure (depression or suicide definition), effect estimates (relative risk/odds ratio), lag time, analytic strategy (statistical models and confounders included in the models) and funding information. Discrepancies were resolved by consensus and a third author (Q.L.) was available to determine eligibility if consensus could not be reached. When extracted information remained unclear after inspection of the full text, we contacted the relevant authors to seek clarity and details on this issue. If several effect estimates with different lag times were reported in the same article, we extracted all estimates for statistical analyses; if several statistical models were provided in the same article, we extracted effect estimates from the model which adjusted for the largest number of covariates in the relevant multivariate analyses.

Quality assessment

Quality assessment was performed using the Newcastle–Ottawa Scale, considering the following three general aspects: the selection of the study groups, the comparability of the groups and the ascertainment of either the exposure or outcome of interest for case-crossover or cohort studies, respectively (see details in Supplementary Table 2).Reference Wells, O'Connell, Peterson, Welch, Losos and Tugwell26 A study could be awarded, for each variable within each assessment domain, a possible maximum total score of nine (four for selection, two for comparability and three for exposure/outcome ascertainment). A study with a final score of more than six was regarded as high quality.Reference Yang, Zhang, Feng, Chen, Liu and Chen27 The quality assessment was conducted independently by two reviewers (Q.L. and X.G.) and the results were reconciled until a consensus was reached.

Statistical analyses

The odds ratio was used as the common measure of association across studies. The relative risk was considered equivalent to odds ratio because the depression and suicide prevalence in the general population was less than 5%. The odds ratios were pooled using the random-effects model. Forest plots were produced to visually assess the odds ratios and corresponding 95% confidence intervals across studies. The heterogeneity of odds ratios across studies was evaluated by the Q statistic and the I2 statistic. To evaluate the possibility of publication bias, we conducted funnel plot analysis and performed the Begg rank correlation test for funnel symmetry.

For studies that reported stratified risk estimates by lag patterns such as single-day lag (e.g. lag 0 means the present-day exposure of depression or suicide measurement, lag 1 means the day before, and so on) or cumulative lag (e.g. lag 0–1 means the moving average of the present day and the previous day, lag 0–2 means the moving average of the present day and the previous 2 days), each subgroup and lag time was included in our meta-analysis separately. If several lag estimates were reported in the same article, we chose the lag pattern with the largest estimate size used to assess overall risk estimates. In addition, we pooled the various estimates according to lag patterns (short-term exposure [<40 days] and long-term exposure [≥40 days]) and specific lag times separately and only pooled estimates where two or more estimates were available.

We also performed sensitivity analyses by omitting one study at a time and subgroup analyses stratified by participants' gender ratio, study location, study design, study quality and three categories of quality assessment (selection, comparability and exposure/outcome) to evaluate the impact of individual studies and study characteristics on the results.

We performed all analyses using R statistical software (R version 3.4.2 for Windows) with the package ‘metafor’. Final estimated effects were expressed as odds ratios associated with a fixed increment of PM (10 µg/m3 for PM2.5 or PM10), and a two-sided P-value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results

Literature search

The search strategy identified 1167 articles and 1 additional article was extracted from a reference list. After the first round of screening based on titles and abstracts using the inclusion/exclusion criteria, 26 articles remained for further evaluation as shown in Fig. 1. After screening the full text and contacting authors for more details, 14 articles met the inclusion criteria and were included in the meta-analysis,Reference Cho, Choi, Suh, Sohn, Kim and Cho8Reference Kim, Ng, Chung, Kim, Honda and Guo21 with 7 articles for the depression outcomeReference Cho, Choi, Suh, Sohn, Kim and Cho8Reference Wang, Liu, Li, Liu, Guo and Yuan14 and 7 articles for the suicide outcome.Reference Kim, Jung, Kang, Kim, Moon and Hur15Reference Kim, Ng, Chung, Kim, Honda and Guo21

Fig. 1 Literature search for the meta-analysis.

Study characteristics

Characteristics of the 14 included articles are shown in Table 1. There were six time-stratified case-crossover studies and one cohort study for suicide; for depression there were three time-stratified case-crossover studies and four cohort studies. Study locations included North America, Europe and Asia. The total number of participants investigated in these studies was 684 859, including 429 678 (ranging from 1148 to 265 749) for suicide and 255 181 (ranging from 1367 to 118 602) for depression. The proportion of male participants ranged from 0 to 78.3% (excluding three studies which did not provide this information) and mean age ranged from 41.3 to 72.4 years (excluding two studies which lacked this information).

Table 1 Characteristics of studies included in the meta-analysis

MINI, Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview; PHQ-9, Patient Health Questionnaire 9; CESD-11, Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale 11.

a. If there were more than one mean value of pollutants stratified by case or control group, region, lag day, etc., the highest value was extracted.

Mean concentrations of PM exposure ranged from 9.8 to 84.9 µg/m3 for PM2.5 and 24 to 106.8 µg/m3 for PM10. Four studies used an exposure measure of PM10; five studies used PM2.5; four studies used both PM2.5 and PM10; one study did not report on the exposure concentration. Compared with World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines,28 we found that PM2.5 concentrations in four of the included studies were close to the guideline (10 µg/m3), three studies were close to 20 µg/m3 and only two were higher than 60 µg/m3 (Fig. 2). In contrast, concentrations of PM10 were generally much higher than the guideline (20 µg/m3). In all studies investigating the impact of both PM2.5 and PM10, an increase in PM2.5 was associated with a higher risk of depression and suicide than a similar increase in PM10.

Fig. 2 Particulate matter exposure levels (mean ± SD or median, μg/m3) in studies included in the meta-analysis. PM, particulate matter; WHO, World Health Organization.

Outcome assessment was consistent for completed suicide as the studies used either the ICD code (ICD-9 [1978]: E950.0–E958.9 and ICD-10 [1992]: X60-X84 or Y10-Y34) or suicide records. In contrast, outcome assessment for depression varied across different studies: two studies ascertained depression mood/symptoms using depression scales or interviews, whereas five studies ascertained a diagnosis of depression mainly using the ICD code. With regard to the statistical analyses, most studies used Cox proportional hazard models or logistic regression models adjusted for meteorological variables and demographic characteristics.

Overall analyses

The overall meta-analysis showed that an increase of 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5 or PM10 was associated with increased risk of depression and suicide (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3 Forest plots for overall analyses of (a–b) depression and (c–d) suicide risk associated with an increase of 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5 or PM10, respectively. OR, odds ratio; PM, particulate matter.

Depression outcome

We pooled nine effect estimates examining the association of PM2.5 with depression and found that an increase of 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5 was associated with a 19% higher risk of depression (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.19 [1.07, 1.33]), whereas the pooled effect estimate for PM10 was insignificant (Fig. 3). No evidence of publication bias was observed for the depression outcome with PM2.5 (P = 0.761) and PM10 (P = 0.233) (see funnel plot details in Supplementary Fig. 1).

According to the lag patterns shown in Table 2, exposure to PM2.5 was positively associated with depression risk for short-term, long-term, single-day and cumulative lag patterns, and the strongest pooled odds ratio appeared at the long-term lag pattern (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.25 [1.07, 1.45], P < 0.01) and cumulative lag pattern (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.26 [1.07, 1.48], P < 0.01). In contrast, pooled effect estimates for PM10 and depression were insignificant for all lag patterns. The association between PM2.5 and depression was positive at all specific lag times and significant at a lag of 3, 4 and 5 days as well as at the 1-year moving average, with the strongest association at the 1-year moving average (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.14 [1.04, 1.25]) (Fig. 4). Pooled effect estimates for risk of depression associated with exposure to PM10 were insignificant at all specific lag times (data not shown).

Fig. 4 Meta-analysis according to common lag times for (a) depression and (b) suicide risk associated with an increase of 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5. OR, odds ratio; PM, particulate matter.

Table 2 Overall combined effect estimates and analyses based on different lag patterns

Odds ratios were shown per 10 µg/m3 increase in PM2.5 or PM10. Effect estimates in Zijlema et al (2016)Reference Bakian, Huber, Coon, Gray, Wilson and McMahon16 were reported in three cohort groups: LifeLines, KORA and FINRISK.

a. 0.05 < P < 0.10.

** P < 0.01.

Suicide outcome

We found that the overall result of four effect estimates examining the risk of suicide associated with PM2.5 was positive and marginally significant (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.05 [0.99, 1.11], P < 0.10), whereas the overall result of six effect estimates for PM10 was insignificant (Fig. 3). No evidence of publication bias was observed for the suicide outcome with PM2.5 (P = 1.000) and PM10 (P = 0.272) (see funnel plot details in Supplementary Fig. 1).

Exposure to PM2.5 was positively associated with suicide risk at a single-day lag pattern and marginally significant (P < 0.10) at short-term and cumulative lag patterns (Table 2). However, no lag pattern result was significant for PM10 (Table 2). For different lag times, the positive association between PM2.5 and suicide risk was found to be significant at all specific lag times including at a lag of 0, 1, 2 and 3 days and a lag of 0–1, 0–2 and 0–3 days, with the strongest association shown at a lag of 2 days (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.08 [1.08,1.09]) (Fig. 4). Pooled effect estimates for risk of suicide associated with exposure to PM10 were insignificant at all common lag times (data not shown).

Sensitivity and subgroup analyses

Depression outcome

Sensitivity analyses indicated that the significance of depression risk associated with PM2.5 and PM10 was robust. The study by Pun et al (2017)Reference Pun, Manjourides and Suh13 had the largest influence on the depression risk associated with PM2.5: the pooled odds ratio without this study decreased from 1.19 (95% CI 1.07–1.33) to 1.03 (95% CI 1.01–1.05) (Supplementary Table 3).

The pooled depression risk associated with PM2.5 stratified by gender ratio was significant (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.22 [1.01, 1.48]) in the subgroup with male proportion ≤50% but not in the subgroup with male proportion >50% (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.20 [0.85, 1.70]) (Table 3). Regarding study location, the depression risk associated with PM2.5 was significant in studies conducted in Europe (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.57 [1.04, 2.35]) and Asia (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.42 [1.11, 1.80]), but only marginally significant in North America (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.11 [0.99, 1.26]). The pooled depression risk was significant in both cohort studies and case-crossover studies, and was stronger in cohort studies (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.34 [1.14, 1.56]). In study quality assessment, five studies scored more than six and were classified as high-quality studies and two studies scored five were classified as medium-quality studies (Supplementary Table 2). The pooled odds ratio of depression associated with PM2.5 in high-quality studies was 1.03 (95% CI 1.01–1.04), which was lower than that for medium-quality studies (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.45 [1.14, 1.85]). In addition, subgroup results of the quality assessment categories demonstrated that the differences between high-quality and medium-quality studies were mainly due to variation in comparability and exposure/outcome scores, even though all combined odds ratios were significant. Specifically, medium-quality studies used statistical models only adjusted for demographic confounders but not meteorological confounders and the follow-up time was inadequate (Supplementary Table 2). The pooled risk for studies using depression mood or symptoms as the outcome definition (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.45 [1.14, 1.85]) was higher than that for studies using depression diagnoses as the outcome definition (odds ratio [95% CI] 1.03 [1.01, 1.04]). These subgroup results based on outcome assessment were consistent to the subgroup results based on study quality assessment. The depression risk associated with exposure to PM10 was insignificant in all subgroups (Table 3).

Table 3 Subgroup analyses based on study characteristics

Odds ratios were shown per 10 µg/m3 increase in PM2.5 or PM10. Effect estimates in Zijlema et al (2016)Reference Bakian, Huber, Coon, Gray, Wilson and McMahon16 were reported in three cohort groups: LifeLines, KORA and FINRISK. PM, particulate matter.

a. Two studies did not report gender ratio.

b. 0.05 < P < 0.10.

c. The number included in the title of the subgroups indicate one category score number of the study quality assessment scale. For example, “Study quality-selection category score (4)” indicates that in the selection category of study quality assessment scale, the possible maximum total score is 4. Thus, these single-standing numbers in the left-hand column are referring to subgroups with different scores in relevant categories.

* P < 0.05, **P < 0.01.

Suicide outcome

Sensitivity analyses appreciably changed the significance of suicide risk associated with PM2.5 but not PM10. The study by Li et al (2018)Reference Li, Yan, Sun and Anderson20 had the largest influence on the suicide risk associated with PM2.5: the pooled odds ratio without this study was significant at 1.08 (95% CI 1.08–1.09), whereas the overall pooled odds ratio with this study was only 1.05 (95% CI 0.99–1.11) (Supplementary Table 3).

Studies for the suicide outcome were all determined to be of high quality by quality assessment (Supplementary Table 2). Because gender ratio, study quality and categories of quality assessment were consistent in studies for the suicide outcome, we did not perform subgroup analyses based on these variables. The pooled suicide risk associated with PM2.5 was 1.02 (95% CI 1.00, 1.04) for studies conducted in Asia whereas all subgroups were insignificant for PM10 based on study location (Table 3).

Discussion

After conducting our meta-analysis, we confirmed that exposure to PM2.5 had a significant positive association with risk of depression and a marginally significant positive association with risk of suicide. For an increase of 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5, we found a 19% increased risk of depression and a 5% increased risk of suicide in the meta-analysis. The pooled association between PM2.5 and depression risk was robust in subgroup and sensitivity analyses, and there was no substantial publication bias. We did not observe any significant association between exposure to PM10 and risk of depression or suicide.

To investigate the time course of pollutant exposure–response relationships, we performed meta-analyses for different lag patterns and specific lag times. Pooled effect estimates were all positive over these different lag patterns and specific lag times for depression and suicide risk associated with PM2.5. For the association between PM2.5 and suicide, we found significant effect estimates at single-day lag pattern (Table 2) and different lag times, and the strongest effect estimates appeared at a lag of 2 days and a lag of 0–3 days (Fig. 4), suggesting that risk of suicide was mainly associated with short-term exposure to PM2.5. In contrast, there was a 26% increased risk of depression at the cumulative lag pattern and a 25% increased risk of depression at the long-term lag pattern associated with exposure to PM2.5, suggesting that the potential exposure effect was stronger after accumulative exposure over a long time period. Results for common lag times confirmed that the association was much stronger at a 1-year moving average than at short-term lag times (Fig. 4).

However, exposure to PM10 was not found to be statistically significantly associated with risk of depression and suicide overall as well as at different lag patterns and common lag times.

Epidemiological and experimental evidence

Depression disorder is a major mental health condition which could cause suicide3 and is a common comorbidity for other illnesses such as cardiovascular disease,Reference Aben, Verhey, Strik, Lousberg, Lodder and Honig29, Reference Cully, Jimenez, Ledoux and Deswal30 stroke,Reference Aben, Verhey, Strik, Lousberg, Lodder and Honig29Reference Dossa, Glickman and Berlowitz31 diabetes,Reference Rustad, Musselman and Nemeroff32 chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseReference Maurer, Rebbapragada, Borson, Goldstein, Kunik and Yohannes33, Reference Yohannes and Alexopoulos34 and so on.

There is increasing epidemiological evidences for the association between air pollution exposure and mental health, not only depression and suicide, but also psychological stressReference Kim and Kim35Reference Mehta, Kubzansky, Coull, Kloog, Koutrakis and Sparrow37 and anxiety.Reference Pun, Manjourides and Suh13, Reference Power, Kioumourtzoglou, Hart, Okereke, Laden and Weisskopf38 Moreover, recent studies have investigated the potential associations between air pollution and central nervous system outcomes including autism spectrum disorders,Reference Volk, Hertz-Picciotto, Delwiche, Lurmann and McConnell39 neurodevelopment in children,Reference Calderón-Garcidueñas, Engle, Mora-Tiscareño, Styner, Gómez-Garza and Zhu40Reference Wang, Zhang, Zeng, Zeng, Wang and Chen42 neurodegenerative diseasesReference Kioumourtzoglou, Schwartz, Weisskopf, Melly, Wang and Dominici43Reference Power, Adar, Yanosky and Weuve45 and stroke.Reference Mateen and Brook46 In support of the epidemiological studies, exposure to air pollutants has also been linked to cognitive function decline in animal models.Reference Calderón-Garcidueñas, Mora-Tiscareño, Ontiveros, Gómez-Garza, Barragán-Mejía and Broadway41

Although the exact mechanism has yet to be clarified, one hypothesis is that mental disorders occur because of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation pathways being induced by air pollutants. PM is a major air pollutant causing health damage and disease (such as cardiovascular disease,Reference Brook, Franklin, Cascio, Hong, Howard and Lipsett47, Reference Brook, Rajagopalan, Pope, Brook, Bhatnagar and Diez-Roux48) mainly by the inflammatory and oxidative stress pathways.Reference Schwartz49Reference Brites and Fernandes51 Evidence from experimental investigation found that, as an essential stressor, PM is associated with increased depression-like responses in mice.Reference Davis, Bortolato, Godar, Sander, Iwata and Pakbin52 Mechanistic studies also showed that inflammation and oxidative stress are the two primary pathways for the neural system damage upon PM exposure.Reference Anisman and Hayley22Reference Campbell, Oldham, Becaria, Bondy, Meacher and Sioutas25, Reference Schwartz49 The neural system is vulnerable to PM for its high-energy use, low endogenous scavenger levels and high metabolic demands. PM, as an inflammatory stimulus, activates common processes in which cytokines and inflammatory signalling molecules provoke the dysregulation of the development of depressive disorders and their comorbidities, such as heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.Reference Schwartz49

On the other hand, PM inhalation can also provoke increased expression of redox/glucocorticoid-sensitive genes in rats, suggesting the involvement of the hormonal pathway in the mental health disorders associated with PM.Reference Thomson, Vladisavljevic, Mohottalage, Kumarathasan and Vincent53 Chronic activation and inappropriate regulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis have been associated with adverse neurobehavioural effects, including depression and anxiety disorders.Reference Thomson, Vladisavljevic, Mohottalage, Kumarathasan and Vincent53 Given the close relationship between air pollution exposure and mental health disorders, exposure to air pollutants could increase the risk of completed suicide.

We also found that PM2.5 may play a more important role than PM10 in all studies investigating the influence of both PM2.5 and PM10. Although PM10 has also been identified as a strong inflammatory stimulus, PM2.5 is thought to exert greater toxicity because of smaller physical sizes and higher concentrations of adsorbed or condensed toxicants on the surface. Compared with larger particles, PM2.5 could be inhaled into the lungs more easily, where it then enters the circulatory system and – by activating pro-inflammatory cytokines – subsequently causes systemic and neuronal inflammation and oxidative damage,Reference Sarnat, Chang and Weber54 possibly leading to mental disorders and other nervous system diseases.Reference Kioumourtzoglou, Schwartz, Weisskopf, Melly, Wang and Dominici43, Reference Kirrane, Bowman, Davis, Hoppin, Blair and Chen55

Subgroup analyses

We did subgroup analyses with a major focus on depression risk associated with PM, and found appreciable differences in effect estimates over subgroups for PM2.5 but not PM10. The pooled risk of depression associated with PM2.5 was significant in both cohort studies and case-crossover studies. The magnitude of the effect estimate was smaller for case-crossover studies than for cohort studies. This may be explained by the fact that cohort studies mainly investigated depression risk at a long-term lag pattern whereas case-crossover studies investigated depression risk at a short-term lag pattern, and long-term exposure to PM may increase the health risk more substantially than short-term exposure.

Moreover, the pooled association for PM2.5 and depression was still significant after excluding medium-quality and low-score studies in three quality categories, suggesting that the result was robust and reliable. Contributing factors for the relatively low scores in quality assessment were mainly due to a failure to adjust for all possible confounders, including demographic characteristics (such as age, gender, jobs and income), meteorological variables (such as temperature, humidity and sunshine duration) and physical conditions (such as underlying diseases), as well as insufficient follow-up time in cohort studies. Ideally, one would adjust for these contributing factors in the statistical models to guarantee the comparability of the groups. However, all included cohort studies did not control for meteorological variables. Additionally, we could not identify whether the differences between outcome assessments were due to the severity of assessed outcomes or quality differences because the included studies which ascertained depression mood or symptoms were all medium-quality studies. Therefore, we need more high-quality evidence from long-term investigations that adjust for meteorological variables, demographic characteristics and underlying diseases to confirm the association.

The depression risk associated with PM2.5 was significant in studies conducted in Europe and Asia but only marginally significant in North America, possibly because the PM2.5 pollution in studies conducted in the North America subgroupReference Szyszkowicz, Kousha, Kingsbury and Colman10, Reference Kioumourtzoglou, Power, Hart, Okereke, Coull and Laden12, Reference Pun, Manjourides and Suh13 were all at low levels close to WHO air quality guidelines. These results suggest that high PM2.5 levels may be associated with a greater risk of depression.

We also did subgroup analyses according to study characteristics. Because of the lack of individual data, we only divided studies into subgroups based on the proportion of males in the study population and did not find any obvious differences in risk of depression associated with PM2.5 in populations with male proportion ≤50% and those with >50% males.

Strengths and limitations

This study provides a comprehensive evaluation for the association between ambient PM and completed suicide and depression, two major disorders of mental health, in the general population and thus has fair representativeness. Meanwhile, all these included studies were published in the past decade, suggesting an increasing concern for the mental health disorders associated with air pollution. Our meta-analysis has several limitations. First, there is the issue of heterogeneity in the definition of depression among studies. The included studies for depression used two major tools for evaluation of depression: two studies ascertained depression mood/symptoms using different scales whereas five studies ascertained depression diagnosis mainly using the ICD codes. We were not able to perform a more detailed subgroup analysis due to the limited number of relevant articles in the literature. Moreover, we could not analyse the influence of depression severity on results because of the lack of relevant information in included studies. However, we used random-effect model to control for the heterogeneous effects of the depression criteria and disease severity and confirmed the association between PM and depression.Reference DerSimonian and Kacker56 Second, PM2.5 concentrations in most included studies of depression were relatively low and close to WHO air quality guidelines. Therefore, further studies in areas with high PM2.5 levels are needed to investigate the depression risk associated with higher PM2.5 exposure. Moreover, the elemental composition of PM2.5 in different countries would also contribute to the heterogeneity of associations.

Third, the number of studies included in this meta-analysis is relatively small and may have led to the marginal significance of suicide risk associated with PM2.5. More epidemiological evidence is needed to confirm the association of PM with suicide. Additionally, due to lack of individual characteristic data, we could not investigate the potential difference in exposure–response relationships in different population subgroups divided by individual characteristics. In particular, some evidence suggests that depressive symptoms are highly prevalent in the elderly.Reference Thielke, Diehr and Unutzer57

Clinical implications

Our findings suggest that individuals exposed to PM2.5 may be at a higher risk of depression or suicide. Because of the ubiquitous existence of PM pollution and the prevalence of depression and suicide, the associated disease burden of mental health would be substantial at the population level. Therefore, it is important to develop relevant public prevention methods for depression and suicide. Targeted strategies such as more stringent air pollution standards, air quality control measures and individual protection behaviours may be helpful to prevent the onset and exacerbation of depression or to decrease suicide cases due to air pollution, especially in heavily polluted regions and high-risk groups. In addition, several researchersReference Ji, Wang, Chen, Jin, Chen and Chai58Reference Tan, Manchester, Qin and Reiter61 implied that melatonin might play a role in the prevention or treatment of depression associated with PM2.5. However, because the mechanism by which PM2.5 increases the risk of depression is unclear, the efficacy of the first melatonergic antidepressant agomelatineReference de Bodinat, Guardiola-Lemaitre, Mocaër, Renard, Muñoz and Millan62 is yet to be explored in the treatment of PM2.5-related depression. Thus, the positive association between PM pollution and depression/suicide offers a new insight and consideration for the treatment of depression and other mental disorders through reducing individual exposure to PM pollution and alleviating oxidative stress in the nervous system.

Future epidemiological studies are needed to confirm the association for PM and suicide and explore the association patterns of PM with depression and suicide in different population subgroups, and experimental studies are also encouraged to investigate the underlying mechanism for the reported associations.

Supplementary material

Supplementary material is available online at https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2018.295.

Funding

This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFC0211600, 2017YFC0211601), National Young Thousand Talents Program of China and start-up funding from the Peking University Health Science Center (BMU2018QQ003, BMU20160549).

References

1GBD 2016 DALYs and HALE Collaborators. Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 333 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet 2017; 390: 1260–344.10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32130-XCrossRefGoogle Scholar
2GBD 2016 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 328 diseases and injuries for 195 countries, 1990-2016 : a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet 2017; 390: 1211–59.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
3World Health Organization (WHO). Preventing suicide: a global imperative. World Health Organization, 2014.Google Scholar
4GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators. Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet 2017; 390: 1345–422.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
5Block, ML, Calderón-Garcidueñas, L. Air pollution: mechanisms of neuroinflammation and CNS disease. Trends Neurosci 2009; 32: 506–16.10.1016/j.tins.2009.05.009CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
6Lucchini, RG, Dorman, DC, Elder, A, Veronesi, B. Neurological impacts from inhalation of pollutants and the nose-brain connection. Neurotoxicology 2012; 33: 838–41.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
7Block, ML, Elder, A, Auten, RL, Bilbo, SD, Chen, H, Chen, JC, et al. The outdoor air pollution and brain health workshop. Neurotoxicology 2012; 33: 972–84.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
8Cho, J, Choi, YJ, Suh, M, Sohn, J, Kim, H, Cho, SK, et al. Air pollution as a risk factor for depressive episode in patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, or asthma. J Affect Disord 2014; 157: 4551.10.1016/j.jad.2014.01.002CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
9Kim, KN, Lim, YH, Bae, HJ, Kim, M, Jung, K, Hong, YC. Long-term fine particulate matter exposure and major depressive disorder in a community-based urban cohort. Environ Health Perspect 2016; 124: 1547–53.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
10Szyszkowicz, M, Kousha, T, Kingsbury, M, Colman, I. Air pollution and emergency department visits for depression: a multicity case-crossover study. Environ Health Insights 2016; 10: 155–61.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
11Zijlema, WL, Wolf, K, Emeny, R, Ladwig, KH, Peters, A, Kongsgård, H, et al. The association of air pollution and depressed mood in 70 928 individuals from four European cohorts. Int J Hyg Environ Health 2016; 219: 212–9.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
12Kioumourtzoglou, MA, Power, MC, Hart, JE, Okereke, OI, Coull, BA, Laden, F, et al. The association between air pollution and onset of depression among middle-aged and older women. Am J Epidemiol 2017; 185: 801–9.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
13Pun, VC, Manjourides, J, Suh, H. Association of ambient air pollution with depressive and anxiety symptoms in older adults: results from the NSHAP study. Environ Health Perspect 2017; 125: 342–8.10.1289/EHP494CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
14Wang, F, Liu, H, Li, H, Liu, J, Guo, X, Yuan, J, et al. Ambient concentrations of particulate matter and hospitalization for depression in 26 Chinese cities: a case-crossover study. Environ Int 2018; 114: 115–22.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
15Kim, C, Jung, SH, Kang, DR, Kim, HC, Moon, KT, Hur, NW, et al. Ambient particulate matter as a risk factor for suicide. Am J Psychiatry 2010; 167: 1100–107.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
16Bakian, AV, Huber, RS, Coon, H, Gray, D, Wilson, P, McMahon, WM, et al. Acute air pollution exposure and risk of suicide completion. Am J Epidemiol 2015; 181: 295303.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
17Lin, GZ, Li, L, Song, YF, Zhou, YX, Shen, SQ, Ou, CQ. The impact of ambient air pollution on suicide mortality: a case-crossover study in Guangzhou, China. Environ Health: A Global Access Sci Source 2016; 15: 90.10.1186/s12940-016-0177-1CrossRefGoogle Scholar
18Casas, L, Cox, B, Bauwelinck, M, Nemery, B, Deboosere, P, Nawrot, TS. Does air pollution trigger suicide? A case-crossover analysis of suicide deaths over the life span. Eur J Epidemiol 2017; 32: 973–81.10.1007/s10654-017-0273-8CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
19Min, JY, Kim, HJ, Min, KB. Long-term exposure to air pollution and the risk of suicide death: a population-based cohort study. Sci Total Environ 2018; 628–629: 573–9.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
20Li, T, Yan, M, Sun, Q, Anderson, GB. Mortality risks from a spectrum of causes associated with wide-ranging exposure to fine particulate matter: a case-crossover study in Beijing, China. Environ Int 2018; 111: 52–9.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
21Kim, Y, Ng, CFS, Chung, Y, Kim, H, Honda, Y, Guo, YL, et al. Air pollution and suicide in 10 cities in northeast asia: a time-stratified case-crossover analysis. Environ Health Perspect 2018; 126: 037002.10.1289/EHP2223CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
22Anisman, H, Hayley, S. Inflammatory factors contribute to depression and its comorbid conditions. Sci Signal 2012; 5: pe45.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
23MohanKumar, SM, Campbell, A, Block, M, Veronesi, B. Particulate matter, oxidative stress and neurotoxicity. Neurotoxicology 2008; 29: 479–88.10.1016/j.neuro.2007.12.004CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
24Calderón-Garcidueñas, L, Maronpot, RR, Torres-Jardon, R, Henríquez-Roldán, C, Schoonhoven, R, Acuña-Ayala, H, et al. DNA damage in nasal and brain tissues of canines exposed to air pollutants is associated with evidence of chronic brain inflammation and neurodegeneration. Toxicol Pathol 2003; 31: 524–38.10.1080/01926230390226645CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
25Campbell, A, Oldham, M, Becaria, A, Bondy, SC, Meacher, D, Sioutas, C, et al. Particulate matter in polluted air may increase biomarkers of inflammation in mouse brain. Neurotoxicology 2005; 26: 133–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
26Wells, GA, O'Connell, D, Peterson, J, Welch, V, Losos, M, Tugwell, P, et al. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS) for assessing the quality of nonrandomised studies in meta-analyses. Available at: http://www.ohri.ca/programs/clinical_epidemiology/oxford.asp.Google Scholar
27Yang, Y, Zhang, D, Feng, N, Chen, G, Liu, J, Chen, G, et al. Increased intake of vegetables, but not fruit, reduces risk for hepatocellular carcinoma: a meta-analysis. Gastroenterology 2014; 147: 1031–42.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
28World Health Organization (WHO). Air Quality Guidelines: Global Update 2005. Particulate Matter, Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide. World Health Organization, 2006.Google Scholar
29Aben, I, Verhey, F, Strik, J, Lousberg, R, Lodder, J, Honig, A. A comparative study into the one year cumulative incidence of depression after stroke and myocardial infarction. Journal of Neurology. Neurosurg Psychiatry 2003; 74: 581–85.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
30Cully, JA, Jimenez, DE, Ledoux, TA, Deswal, A. Recognition and treatment of depression and anxiety symptoms in heart failure. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2009; 11: 103–9.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
31Dossa, A, Glickman, ME, Berlowitz, D. Association between mental health conditions and rehospitalization, mortality, and functional outcomes in patients with stroke following inpatient rehabilitation. BMC Health Serv Res 2011; 11: 311.10.1186/1472-6963-11-311CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
32Rustad, JK, Musselman, DL, Nemeroff, CB. The relationship of depression and diabetes: pathophysiological and treatment implications. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2011; 36: 1276–86.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
33Maurer, J, Rebbapragada, V, Borson, S, Goldstein, R, Kunik, ME, Yohannes, AM, et al. Anxiety and depression in COPD: current understanding, unanswered questions, and research needs. Chest 2008; 134: 43S56S.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
34Yohannes, AM, Alexopoulos, GS. Depression and anxiety in patients with COPD. Eur Respir Rev 2014; 23: 345–9.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
35Kim, J, Kim, H. Demographic and environmental factors associated with mental health: a cross-sectional study. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017; 14: 431.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
36Lin, Y, Zhou, L, Xu, J, Luo, Z, Kan, H, Zhang, J, et al. The impacts of air pollution on maternal stress during pregnancy. Sci Rep 2017; 7: 40956.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
37Mehta, AJ, Kubzansky, LD, Coull, BA, Kloog, I, Koutrakis, P, Sparrow, D, et al. Associations between air pollution and perceived stress: the Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study. Environ Health 2015; 14: 10.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
38Power, MC, Kioumourtzoglou, MA, Hart, JE, Okereke, OI, Laden, F, Weisskopf, MG. The relation between past exposure to fine particulate air pollution and prevalent anxiety: observational cohort study. BMJ 2015; 350: h1111.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
39Volk, HE, Hertz-Picciotto, I, Delwiche, L, Lurmann, F, McConnell, R. Residential proximity to freeways and autism in the CHARGE study. Environ Health Perspect 2011; 119: 873–7.10.1289/ehp.1002835CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
40Calderón-Garcidueñas, L, Engle, R, Mora-Tiscareño, A, Styner, M, Gómez-Garza, G, Zhu, H, et al. Exposure to severe urban air pollution influences cognitive outcomes, brain volume and systemic inflammation in clinically healthy children. Brain Cogn 2011; 77: 345–55.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
41Calderón-Garcidueñas, L, Mora-Tiscareño, A, Ontiveros, E, Gómez-Garza, G, Barragán-Mejía, G, Broadway, J, et al. Air pollution, cognitive deficits and brain abnormalities: a pilot study with children and dogs. Brain Cogn 2008; 68: 117–27.10.1016/j.bandc.2008.04.008CrossRefGoogle Scholar
42Wang, S, Zhang, J, Zeng, X, Zeng, Y, Wang, S, Chen, S. Association of traffic-related air pollution with children's neurobehavioral functions in Quanzhou, China. Environ Health Perspect 2009; 117: 1612–8.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
43Kioumourtzoglou, MA, Schwartz, JD, Weisskopf, MG, Melly, SJ, Wang, Y, Dominici, F, et al. Long-term PM2.5 exposure and neurological hospital admissions in the Northeastern United States. Environ Health Perspect 2016; 124: 23–9.10.1289/ehp.1408973CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
44Chen, H, Kwong, JC, Copes, R, Tu, K, Villeneuve, PJ, van Donkelaar, A, et al. Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study. Lancet 2017; 389: 718–26.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
45Power, MC, Adar, SD, Yanosky, JD, Weuve, J. Exposure to air pollution as a potential contributor to cognitive function, cognitive decline, brain imaging, and dementia: a systematic review of epidemiologic research. Neurotoxicology 2016; 56: 235–53.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
46Mateen, FJ, Brook, RD. Air pollution as an emerging global risk factor for stroke. JAMA 2011; 305: 1240–1.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
47Brook, RD, Franklin, B, Cascio, W, Hong, Y, Howard, G, Lipsett, M. Air Pollution and cardiovascular disease: a statement for healthcare professionals from the expert panel on population and prevention science of the american heart association. Circulation 2004; 109: 2655–71.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
48Brook, RD, Rajagopalan, S, Pope, CA 3rd, Brook, JR, Bhatnagar, A, Diez-Roux, AV, et al. Particulate matter air pollution and cardiovascular disease: an update to the scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2010; 121: 2331–78.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
49Schwartz, J. Air pollution and blood markers of cardiovascular risk. Environ Health Perspect 2001; 109: 405–9.Google ScholarPubMed
50Ng, F, Berk, M, Dean, O, Bush, AI. Oxidative stress in psychiatric disorders: evidence base and therapeutic implications. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol 2008; 11: 851–76.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
51Brites, D, Fernandes, A. Neuroinflammation and depression: microglia activation, extracellular microvesicles and microRNA dysregulation. Front Cell Neurosci 2015; 9: 476.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
52Davis, DA, Bortolato, M, Godar, SC, Sander, TK, Iwata, N, Pakbin, P, et al. Prenatal exposure to urban air nanoparticles in mice causes altered neuronal differentiation and depression-like responses. PLoS ONE 2013; 8: e64128.10.1371/journal.pone.0064128CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
53Thomson, EM, Vladisavljevic, D, Mohottalage, S, Kumarathasan, P, Vincent, R. Mapping acute systemic effects of inhaled particulate matter and ozone: multiorgan gene expression and glucocorticoid activity. Toxicol Sci 2013; 135: 169–81.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
54Sarnat, SE, Chang, HH, Weber, RJ. Ambient PM2.5 and health: does PM2.5 oxidative potential play a role? Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2016; 194: 530–1.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
55Kirrane, EF, Bowman, C, Davis, JA, Hoppin, JA, Blair, A, Chen, H, et al. Associations of ozone and PM2.5 concentrations with parkinson's disease among participants in the agricultural health study. J Occup Environ Med 2015; 57: 509–17.10.1097/JOM.0000000000000451CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
56DerSimonian, R, Kacker, R. Random-effects model for meta-analysis of clinical trials: an update. Contemp Clin Trials 2007; 28: 105–14.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
57Thielke, SM, Diehr, P, Unutzer, J. Prevalence, incidence, and persistence of major depressive symptoms in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Aging Ment Health 2010; 14: 168–76.10.1080/13607860903046537CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
58Ji, Z, Wang, Z, Chen, Z, Jin, H, Chen, C, Chai, S, et al. Melatonin attenuates chronic cough mediated by oxidative stress via transient receptor potential melastatin-2 in guinea pigs exposed to particulate matter 2.5. Physiol Res 2018; 67: 293305.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
59Yürüker, V, Naziroğlu, M, Senol, N. Reduction in traumatic brain injury-induced oxidative stress, apoptosis, and calcium entry in rat hippocampus by melatonin: possible involvement of TRPM2 channels. Metab Brain Dis 2015; 30: 223–31.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
60Ganie, SA, Dar, TA, Bhat, AH, Dar, KB, Anees, S, Zargar, MA, et al. Melatonin: a potential anti-oxidant therapeutic agent for mitochondrial dysfunctions and related disorders. Rejuvenation Res 2016; 19: 2140.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
61Tan, DX, Manchester, LC, Qin, L, Reiter, RJ. Melatonin: a mitochondrial targeting molecule involving mitochondrial protection and dynamics. Int J Mol Sci 2016; 17: 2124.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
62de Bodinat, C, Guardiola-Lemaitre, B, Mocaër, E, Renard, P, Muñoz, C, Millan, MJ. Agomelatine, the first melatonergic antidepressant: discovery, characterization and development. Nat Rev Drug Discov 2010; 9: 628–42.CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
Figure 0

Fig. 1 Literature search for the meta-analysis.

Figure 1

Table 1 Characteristics of studies included in the meta-analysis

Figure 2

Fig. 2 Particulate matter exposure levels (mean ± SD or median, μg/m3) in studies included in the meta-analysis. PM, particulate matter; WHO, World Health Organization.

Figure 3

Fig. 3 Forest plots for overall analyses of (a–b) depression and (c–d) suicide risk associated with an increase of 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5 or PM10, respectively. OR, odds ratio; PM, particulate matter.

Figure 4

Fig. 4 Meta-analysis according to common lag times for (a) depression and (b) suicide risk associated with an increase of 10 µg/m3 in PM2.5. OR, odds ratio; PM, particulate matter.

Figure 5

Table 2 Overall combined effect estimates and analyses based on different lag patterns

Figure 6

Table 3 Subgroup analyses based on study characteristics

Supplementary material: File

Gu et al. supplementary material

Appendix

Download Gu et al. supplementary material(File)
File 62 KB
Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.
You have Access
44
Cited by

Linked content

Please note a has been issued for this article.

Save article to Kindle

To save this article to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Association between particulate matter air pollution and risk of depression and suicide: systematic review and meta-analysis – RETRACTED
Available formats
×

Save article to Dropbox

To save this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Dropbox account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

Association between particulate matter air pollution and risk of depression and suicide: systematic review and meta-analysis – RETRACTED
Available formats
×

Save article to Google Drive

To save this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

Association between particulate matter air pollution and risk of depression and suicide: systematic review and meta-analysis – RETRACTED
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response

Please enter your response.

Your details

Please enter a valid email address.

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *