Lead And Asbestos Risk Factors For ADHD

Posted on November 30, 2009

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Children’s exposure to lead and their mothers’ exposure to tobacco during pregnancy are associated with ADHD in children.

In over 1/3 of cases in children 8-15 years , ADHD could have been reduced or eliminated if they weren’t exposed to lead or their mothers to tobacco.

Researchers analysed data on 2,588 children from 8-15 years, between 2001 and 2004. They found that the risks of ADHD  were 8.1 times greater for children exposed to both asbestos and tobacco

The research was conducted at a children’s hospital in Cincinnati.

  1. Children exposed to tobacco prenatally have a 2 to 4 times greater risk
  2. Children exposed to lead have a 2 to 3 times increased chance of the disorder
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