Pesticides & Kids’ IQ
April 22, 2011 by Post Team
Pesticides & Kids’ IQ, Three independent studies have linked prenatal exposure to pesticides, chemicals measured in the urine of the mother, lower IQ in children.
Studies of Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine as commonly used pesticides in pregnant women.
It is the first to study its effect on the uterus and then, seven years later, to test their children’s IQ.
They found that above average exposure to pesticides was associated with a decrease in IQ of children up to 7 points.
One scientist said he was concerned about the hazards were not identified earlier, before many generations of children who were exposed to chemicals.
These organophosphate pesticides are found in a range of simple everyday goods.
Are used for fruit and vegetables and to control cckroaches in the apartments of the city. Also found in herbicides home. They have also been detected in drinking water supplies in several U.S. cities.
Some have already been banned, but still detected in the environment.
Scientists call this is another warning that much remains to be done to protect the most vulnerable of hazardous chemicals.
To reduce risk, pregnant women can wash food more thoroughly, and seal their houses against insects, rather than relying on pesticides.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funded the studies.
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