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Exposure to Pesticides in Womb Linked to Learning Disabilities

New research suggests that babies exposed to high levels of pesticides while in the womb may suffer from learning problems.  The study focused on a chemical called permethrin, which is commonly to kill termites, fleas and household bugs.

Children exposed to the highest pesticide levels before birth were three times as likely to have a mental delay, and also scored about 4 points lower on an intelligence test.  That's about the same intelligence loss caused by lead.

According to USA Today:

“Because the study is the first to link permethrin with brain damage, researchers need to conduct additional studies before concluding that the pesticide really harms the brain ... Even without definitive data, however ... it makes sense for pregnant women to reduce their exposure to bug sprays and other pesticides.”

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