Press Coverage: Prenatal pesticide exposure linked to attention problems in preschool-aged children, 8/19/2010

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Children who were exposed to organophosphate pesticides while still in their mother’s womb were more likely to develop attention disorders years later, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

The new findings, to be published Aug. 19 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), are the first to examine the influence of prenatal organophosphate exposure on the later development of attention problems. The researchers found that prenatal levels of organophosphate metabolites were significantly linked to attention problems at age 5, with the effects apparently stronger among boys.

Full text of the press release can be found here: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2010/08/19/pesticide/

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