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UA researchers study link between prenatal exposure to pesticides and ADHD

Posted at 5:41 AM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 08:48:19-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Researchers at the University of Arizona are studying the link between prenatal exposure to pesticides and childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

The study is being made possible thanks to a $910,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Services.

Researchers participating in the study will focus not only on pesticides used in the agriculture setting but also those used in homes and gardens.

"We're looking not just at whether woman lived near these pesticide applications when they were pregnant but we're actually modeling the atmospheric dispersion of the pesticide plumes to see what the concentration of the pesticides were," said Melissa Furlong, a researcher working on the study.

Since 2016, 6.1 million children in the U.S. were diagnosed with ADHD, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control.

Symptoms of ADHD include having trouble concentrating, staying organized and remembering details.