23 Feb '12, 2pm

Insecticide in infant's first stool linked to underdeveloped motor skills later. — Environmental Health News

Higher prenatal exposure to an insecticide commonly used worldwide was associated with poorer motor development in the children at 2 years of age, suggesting that in utero carbamate pesticide exposures may have lasting consequences. The study is one of the first to assess developmental affects of gestational exposure to the pesticide propoxur on children's growing nervous system. The study – which followed 696 children from the Philippines – is published online in the journal Neurotoxicology. A number of human studies have reported that gestational exposure to pesticides is associated with poorer mental development in children. Most of these prior studies have relied on the mother's exposure, which is typically measured in urine or by questionnaire. This new study is unique since it was able to directly measure the infants' pesticide exposure during gestation. Assessing mo...

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