Pregnant women exposed to pesticides may be more likely
to have hyperactive children, says researchers from the University of California. They reported their study found that babies exposed to crop
sprays while still in the womb had greater odds of being diagnosed with
attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder by the age of five. The
team tested around 300 women for traces of pesticides twice in pregnancy and
also looked at levels in their children.
The boys and girls were also tested as they grew up for symptoms of ADHD
and other attention problems. This
flagged up a strong link between exposure to widely-used organophosphate
pesticides in the womb and hyperactivity.