Bug spray linked to ADHD in children

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There is a growing body of research that links chemical exposure to ADHD in children. Adding to this body of literature, a study published online in Environmental Health Perspectives links prenatal exposure to “bug spray” with increased risk for ADHD. According to Brenda Eskenazi, PhD, of the University of California in Berkeley, maternal exposure to organophosphate pesticides like diazinon during pregnancy is correlated with ADHD symptoms in children five years later. Eskenazi’s team of researchers also identified a genetic variant that may cause vulnerability to neurodevelopmental abnormalities from organophosphate exposure. “The association … was strongest in children with [the -108T] allele… additional research is needed to confirm if [PON1] modifies the relation with in utero organophosphate exposure,” the researchers wrote. “We do observe a consistent trend and our results need replication in other populations and perhaps pooling with similar studies to provide adequate sample sizes,” they added. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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