We have all heard of the warnings of air pollution affecting our health, but a sobering study released last week suggests that even the developing brain of the unborn can be affected. The effect can be so profound, in fact, that it may lead to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder later on during childhood.
A worrisome new brain imaging study carried out by researchers at the Institute of the Developing Mind, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, suggests that prenatal exposure to common air pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAH]), are able to cross the placenta and lead to both developmental and cognitive impairment years later after birth. These pollutants are all around us, and not only include car exhaust, but also emission from burning fossil fuels for energy generation, tobacco smoke and even fumes from charred foods.
The California study included 40 school-aged urban children born to Hispanic or African-American parents, and were followed from before birth to agesRead More »from Link between ADHD in kids and air pollution found, but requires further study