Pesticide Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of ADHD

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An interesting new study from scientists at the University of Montreal and Harvard University has found a connection between exposure to organophosphate pesticides, at levels common among US children, and increased risk of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study focused on 1,139 children in the US and found:

Exposure to organophosphates in developing children might have effects on neural systems and could contribute to ADHD behaviors, such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Study lead author Maryse Bouchard noted that previous studies have shown exposure to certain organophosphate compounds do cause hyperactivity and cognitive defects in animals. The researchers also note that further research is needed before causality is established.

Read more: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides
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