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Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

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Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2014 03:03 AM by AlexMuller

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children, such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia, according to a new study. The researchers say a new global prevention strategy to control the use of these substances is urgently needed. 

 

“The greatest concern is the large numbers of children who are affected by toxic damage to brain development in the absence of a formal diagnosis. They suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance. Industrial chemicals are now emerging as likely causes,” said Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH.
 
The report follows up on a similar review conducted by the authors in 2006 that identified five industrial chemicals as “developmental neurotoxicants,” or chemicals that can cause brain deficits.
 
The new study offers updated findings about those chemicals and adds information on six newly recognized ones, including manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos and DDT (pesticides), tetrachloroethylene (a solvent), and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants).

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-19
+2
So far attention in this area was on genetics. It is important to consider chemicals in the environment but this has to be researched in more detail and some action taken
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-19
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There are methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development and this further testing is necessary - based on this it will become necessary to make that testing mandatory worldwide. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-19
+1
The science of these issues clearly needs further research while informed policies do need media exposure and public consideration and maybe regulatory attention Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-19
+1
This is important new information. However, we but we need to find "the sources from which these chemicals seep into children’s bodies. The most important thing is to identify these culprits and list them." This is the key! Reply


 

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