Prenatal pesticide exposure tied to lower IQ in children, study finds

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 08:30 in Health & Medicine

A new study has found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides -- widely used on food crops -- is related to lower intelligence scores in children. Every tenfold increase in measures of organophosphates detected during a mother's pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in children at age 7, the researchers found.

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