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Attention Deficit Disorders

Chemicals and diseases February 20, 2014 11:58 am

The incidence of developmental disabilities, which include learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and behavioural problems are dramatically increasing among children. Environmental, social and genetic factors, which interact, are important determinants of childhood brain development and function.

The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that, there is plausible evidence to conclude that chemicals contaminating the environment are linked with attention deficit disorders

Compelling data suggest that in Europe the brain development of thousands of children has been affected by exposure to certain man-made pollutants, called PCBs. Although PCBs have been banned in Europe since 1985, they still show up in our food chain, and in our bodies. Similarly, lead and mercury affect the brain function of children. For mercury and PCBs, exposure mainly arises from the food chain, while lead exposure arises mainly from old paints and water supplies (lead piping).

The WHO highlights that, there is plausible evidence to conclude that chemicals contaminating the environment are linked with attention deficit disorders.

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