Exposure to pesticides can increase risk of ADHD

A PESTICIDE commonly found in household products could triple a boy’s risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Scientists have warned that symptoms of the condition, notably hyperactivity, were found to be associated with exposure to pyrethroid pesticides; an ingredient found in many common insecticides and some insect repellents.
Experts at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre noted the link was stronger in boys than in girls.
In the USA the use of the two most-commonly used organophosphate pesticides, containing organic compounds with phosphorus, was banned from residential use in 2000, after concerns were raised over adverse health consequences. This led to an increased use of pyrethroid pesticides, which are considered less toxic but concerns are now being raised about it leading to ADHD symptoms.

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