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Growing Up With Pesticides

Science  16 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6147, pp. 740-741
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6147.740

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Three cohort studies in the United States are tracking the long-term consequences on the developing brain of pesticide exposure during pregnancy and the early years of life. The studies are finding troubling effects, such as IQ deficits and ADHD-like behavioral problems. Some evidence also suggests pesticides may interfere with the normal sexual development of the brain.

  • * Amanda Mascarelli is a science writer in Denver. Her reporting was supported by the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism http://www.reportingonhealth.org/.