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Can Pesticides Cause ADHD?

Exposure to pesticides boosts the chances that a child will be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Children with high levels of pesticide residue in their urine proved more likely to have ADHD -- particularly if the pesticides included widely used insecticides such as malathion, used on foods including frozen blueberries, fresh strawberries and celery.

MSNBC reports:

“Kids with higher-than-average levels of one pesticide marker were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as children who showed no traces of the poison.”

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