In Utero and Childhood Pesticide Exposure Increases Childhood Cancer Risk

September 1, 2021 | A study published in Environmental Pollution finds the risk of acute childhood leukemia (AL) increases with prenatal and newborn exposure to pesticides (i.e., insecticides and herbicides). The study results support the hypothesis that chronic environmental pesticide exposure increases childhood leukemia risk up to two times. Maternal exposure has a stronger association […]

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Exposure to PFAS — the “Forever” Chemical-During Pregnancy Results in an Increase in Heart and Metabolic Problems Among Adolescence

April 15, 2021 | Gestational (during pregnancy) and childhood exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) increases cardiometabolic risk, or the risk of heart diseases and metabolic disorders, later in life, according to a Brown University study published in Environment International. Past Studies associate exposure to chemical pollutants with increased susceptibility to adverse health effects […]

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Living Within 2.5 Miles of Chemical Farming Increases Risk of Childhood Brain Tumors

April 6, 2021 | Pregnant women living within 2.5 miles of agricultural pesticide applications have an increased risk that their child will develop central nervous system (CNS) tumors, according to a study published in Environmental Research by a team at University of California, Los Angeles. The results are particularly concerning as they reveal that individuals […]

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Grandmother’s Pesticide Exposure Increases Granddaughters’ Breast Cancer and Cardiometabolic Disorder Risk

April 2, 2021 | Past maternal exposure to the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) during pregnancy increases the risk of breast cancer and cardiometabolic disorders (e.g., heart disease, obesity, diabetes) for up to three successive generations, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Although previous studies highlight early life or in utero exposure […]

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A Generation In Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health and intelligence

  This new report highlights the growing body of science linking pesticides to learning disabilities, childhood cancer and asthma in the United States. The report calls for policy makers to protect our children and future generations. This report, released by Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN, draws from research published within the past five years. […]

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Pesticides Key Contributor in Childhood Diseases, Highlights Need for Policy Change

  (Beyond Pesticides, October 11, 2012) A new report highlights the growing body of research that links pesticides to the rampant rise of learning disabilities, childhood cancer and asthma in the United States, and calls for swift policy change to protect future generations. In particular, the report points out that children are more sick today […]

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Common Herbicide May Increase Risk of Rare Disorder in Infants

  (Beyond Pesticides, October 2, 2012) The herbicide atrazine may be linked to an amplified risk of choanal atresia, a congenital abnormality of the nasal cavity, according to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other Texas institutions. Choanal atresia is recognized when tissue formed during fetal development blocks an infant’s nasal cavity. Though it […]

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Prenatal Exposure to Widely Used Pesticide Ingredient Linked to Childhood Cough

  (Beyond Pesticides, September 12, 2012) Expectant mothers exposed to the pesticide additive piperonyl butoxide (PBO), widely used in synthetic prethroid insecticides and those ending in “thrin” (popular in mosquito spray programs), during pregnancy pass to their children a heightened risk of noninfectious cough at ages 5 and 6, according to researchers at the Columbia […]

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Mothball Pesticide Linked to Chromosomal Aberrations in Children

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 5, 2012) A new study finds that children exposed to high levels of naphthalene, a common air pollutant and the active ingredient in mothballs, are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations (CA’s) that have been associated with increased cancer risk in adults. These include chromosomal translocations, a potentially more harmful and […]

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Prenatal Chemical Exposures Linked to ADHD in Boys

  (Beyond Pesticides, March 6, 2012) New research conducted in New Bedford, Massachusetts suggests that organochlorine chemicals, which were first linked to learning problems in children more than two decades ago, may play a role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially in boys. Previous research has reported associations between organochlorines and ADHD-related behaviors, but this […]

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