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Pesticides and ADHD

May 17, 2010

A study (Harvard researcher) shows a relatively low-level exposure to common pesticides -- probably from residues on foods... the fruits and veggies you're giving them to stay healthy! -- doubles a child's risk of ADHD.

They sampled more than 1,100 U.S. kids - between the ages 8 and 15 - who had been tested for ADHD.

Urine samples were tested for signs of exposure to pesticides.

Kids with higher than average levels of the pesticides were nearly twice as likely to have ADHD - as kids with undetectable levels of the pesticides (Marc C. Weisskopf, PhD, ScD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues).

The study does point out, further testing needs to be done to confirm the connection is more than chance.

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