Pesticides Linked To ADHD

A new nationwide study of U.S. children links pesticide exposure to increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics and conducted by scientists at Harvard University and the University of Montreal, measured pesticide levels in the urine of 1,139 children in the United States. The researchers found that exposure to organophosphate pesticides “at levels common among U.S. children may contribute to ADHD prevalence,” the study authors reported. Organophosphate pesticides are used in agricultural and residential settings. Certain conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have tested positive for pesticide residue, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group.

The researchers couldn’t prove that pesticides cause ADHD.

“Previous studies have shown that exposure to some organophosphate compounds cause hyperactivity and cognitive deficits in animals,” said lead author Maryse F. Bouchard of the University of Montreal Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center in a release. “Our study found that exposure to organophosphates in developing children might have effects on neural systems and could contribute to ADHD behaviors, such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.”

The study is the first to look at risks among children with average levels of pesticide exposure.

According to the study, approximately 40 organophosphate pesticides are registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in the United States. The EPA considers food, drinking water, and residential pesticide use the key sources of exposure. The National Academy of Sciences considers diet to be the major source of exposure to pesticides for infants and children.

The EWG recently released its updated Dirty Dozen—a list of 12 fruits and vegetables highest in pesticide residue. This is where going organic really pays off.Celery, peaches, strawberries, apples and blueberries ranked as the top five for pesticide residue.

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First Lady Offers 70 Goals To Tackle Child Obesity

Studies find that about 1 in 5 children becomes overweight or obese by age 6, and that more than half of obese children become overweight before the age of 2. Nearly 6 percent of infants younger than six months are overweight, the report says, up from 3.4 percent between 1980 and 2001.

The White House is gearing up to help turn those obese children into the next generation of The Biggest Losers. And it’s long overdue. Read more.

FDA Warns Against Eating Benydryl Itch Gel, Halucinations Possible

Swallowing an over-the-counter medication meant to be rubbed on the skin can have harmful effects, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA has received reports of serious side effects—such as unconsciousness, hallucinations, and confusion—in people who mistakenly swallowed Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel.

I can certainly understand the confusion part. We’ve all done it haven’t we? No? Well it’s a pretty good bet that many more of us will from now on. Like the Darwin effect or car crashes, we can’t resist paying attention to the bizzare.

Although there are other over-the-counter liquid Benadryl products intended to be swallowed, Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel is NOT one of them. It is a topical product meant for use only on the skin.

Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel is safe and effective when used on the skin as directed. People who swallow it can receive dangerously large amounts of the active ingredient, diphenhydramine.

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