Exposure To Widespread Environmental Toxicants And Children’s Cognitive Development And Behavioral Problems

As the title suggests about the environmental toxicants effect’s on childrens’ health, what clues us is the effect to cooking gas, mosquito repellants, sanitizers etc. Right?

Nowadays a special attention is focused on prenatal and childhood exposures to a variety of contaminants in the environment, especially toxicants widely present in the environment and their impact on children’s health and neurodevelopment.

The authors in this study aims at evaluating the impact of exposure to several widespread toxicants including: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, bisphenol A, brominated flame retardants and gas cooking on children’s cognitive development and behavioral problems by reviewing most recent published literature.

Epidemiological studies focusing on exposure to widespread toxicants and children’s development for the last eleven years were identified by a search of the PubMed, Medline, Ebsco and Toxnet literature bases. The combination key words used are referring to the exposure: pregnancy, prenatal exposure, postnatal exposure, gas cooking, exposure to phthalates, bisphenol A, brominated flame retardants, PAHs and referring to outcome: neurodevelopment, neurobehavior, psychomotor development, behavioral problems, cognitive development, mental health, school achievements, learning abilities.

The authors suggest from the results obtained that there are strong and rather consistent indications that the developing nervous system is particularly vulnerable to insult from low levels of exposure to widespread environmental contaminants such as: phthalates, bisphenol A, brominated flame retardants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, gas cooking. Considering the suggested health effects, more epidemiologic data is urgently needed and, in the meantime, precautionary policies must be implemented.

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