Sunday, October 21, 2018

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children associated with fluoride exposure to pregnant moms

A recent study posted in Environmental International measured flouride in 213 pregnant women living in Mexico City. They found a higher concentration of maternal urinary fluoride was associated with more ADHD-like symptoms in school-age children.

“Our findings show that children with elevated prenatal exposure to fluoride were more likely to show symptoms of ADHD as reported by parents. Prenatal fluoride exposure was more strongly associated with inattentive behaviours and cognitive problems, but not with hyperactivity,” said Bashash (lead researcher) .

This work builds off of previous research the team published on this population demonstrating that higher levels of urine fluoride during pregnancy are associated with lower scores on tests of IQ and cognition in the school-age children.

These findings are consistent with the growing body of evidence suggesting neurotoxicity of early-life exposure to fluoride.

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