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Common Farm Insecticides Increase Risk For Neurodevelopment Disorders

November 9, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
A scientific review of earlier studies has found sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. Published in the journal PLoS Medicine, the study by public health experts urges governments to ban the chemicals from the food chain. Organophosphates, used to control insects at farms, golf courses, shopping malls, and schools, kill pests by blocking nerve signaling. In addition to recommending that the pesticides be removed from agricultural and non-agricultural uses and products, the researchers urged greater medical and nursing education on organophosphates to improve treatment for and patient education on avoiding exposures.[Image Credit: © Milesl from Pixabay]
Irva Hertz-Picciotto, et al, "Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides", Science Daily, November 09, 2018, © Irva Hertz-Picciotto, et al
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