Adding Up to ADHD

Tillett, Tanya
December 2006
Environmental Health Perspectives;Dec2006, Vol. 114 Issue 12, pA715
Academic Journal
The article reports that a team of scientists have confirmed the relationship between the neurotoxicants tobacco smoke and lead to the development of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The scientists examined information gathered from 3,879 children, aged 4 to 15, who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the United States. Children exposed prenatally to tobacco smoke were found to be 2.5 times more susceptible to ADHD than unexposed children. They estimated that about 1 in 3 cases of ADHD could have been caused by these neurotoxicants.


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