The world's children may be paying a huge price for inadequate attention to the effects of toxic chemicals in the environment. In a new study, researchers warn that these chemicals may be behind the rise of neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder:
The findings are presented in a study by Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Philip Landrigan, Dean for Global Health at Mount Sinai published online Saturday in Lancet Neurology.
"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 Grandjean.
Read more about this study at www.commondreams.org