Research published in the May issue of Pediatrics shows that there could be a strong link between pesticides and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2000–2004) were used along with structured parent interviews (used to ascertain ADHD diagnostic status). The end results, kids with higher pesticide concentrations in their body; specifically urinary dialkyl phosphate concentrations and especially dimethyl alkylphosphate (DMAP) concentrations, were more likely to be diagnosed as having ADHD.
Researchers concluded that pesticide exposure, at levels common among US children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence. Prospective studies are needed to establish whether this association is causal and if the pesticides can actually be linked to learning issues.