New study links ADHD in children to pesticides

This article on Huffington Post writes:

"In the body, pesticides break down into compounds that can be measured in urine. Almost universally, the study found detectable levels: The compounds turned up in the urine of 94 percent of the children. The kids with higher levels had increased chances of having ADHD, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a common problem that causes students to have trouble in school."

A study performed by Emory University in 2008 found lower or undetectable levels of pesticide compounds in children whose diets had been switched to organic fruits and vegetables.

The studies can't ouright prove that pesticides used in agriculture are directly related to ADD and childhood learning deficiency, but Virginia Rauh of Columbia University, who has done studies on prenatal pesticide exposure and its effects, states, "I would take it quite seriously." But she also admits that more research is needed for the connection to be confirmed.

Though the EPA does limit the amount of pesticides that can be used on agriculture and how much residue on food is allowable, Rauh says the new study shows that even those tiny, allowable amounts of pesticide may adversely affect brain chemistry.

[image-1]Margaret Reeves, a senior scientist with the Pesticide Action Network, says,"It's unpardonable to allow this exposure to continue."

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Recent examination of U.S. health data in the journal Pediatrics is linking attention-deficit disorder in children to exposure to pesticides on produce.

The findings were based on one-time urine samples taken from 1,139 children, ages 8 to 15, in a government health survey in 2000-2004 and dealt with organophosphates — one type of commonly used pesticide.

"Organophosphates were originally developed for chemical warfare, and they are known to be toxic to the nervous system. There are about 40 organophosphate pesticides such as malathion registered in the United States, the researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics," according to Reuters.

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