Fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)—autism, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and mental retardation. Still, there has been insufficient research done to identify the individual chemicals that can cause injury to the developing brains of children.The press release goes on to cite researchers as recommending stronger laws in support of testing and regulating industrial chemical emissions.
In a new review study, published online in The Lancet on November 8, 2006, and in an upcoming print issue of The Lancet, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine systematically examined publicly available data on chemical toxicity in order to identify the industrial chemicals that are the most likely to damage the developing brain.
The researchers found that 202 industrial chemicals have the capacity to damage the human brain, and they conclude that chemical pollution may have harmed the brains of millions of children worldwide. The authors conclude further that the toxic effects of industrial chemicals on children have generally been overlooked.
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"Developmental Neurotoxicity of Industrial Chemicals," The Lancet, November 8, 2006- Vol. 368.
Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Marian Perez, MPH, Project Coordinator, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. "Potentials for exposure to industrial chemicals suspected of causing developmental neurotoxicity."