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Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Brain Problems, Says Study PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 May 2015 12:53

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Exposure to air pollution in the womb may be detrimental to children's brains and may contribute to slower processing speeds and behavioral problems, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, focused on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), common toxic air pollutants caused by common sources such as smoking and vehicle emissions. PAHs can cross the placenta and affect an unborn child's brain. Animal experiments showed prenatal exposure can impair behavior and learning, the researchers, from Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Columbia University, reported. Read more

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