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Environmental Factor Linked to Huge Rise in ADHD 17 Nov 2014 17:19 #346

The Environmental Factor Linked to Huge Rise in ADHD
Posted November 16, 2014 by Dr. Jeremy Dean

Rising air pollution in urban areas could be linked to the rapid increase in diagnosis in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a new study suggests.

The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, finds that prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a component of air pollution, increases the chances of children developing ADHD by five times (Perera et al., 2014).

ADHD is thought to affect 1 in 10 children and is often characterised by a distracted nature, a propensity to daydream and an inability to concentrate and complete tasks.

The new study followed 233 pregnant women in New York City over 9 years as their children grew up.


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