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New Study: Pesticide Exposure Tied To ADHD In Children

In a study of 1,000 children, researchers found that those who had high levels of certain pesticides were almost twice as likely to develop ADHD.

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A government report found elevated levels of organophosphates in frozen blueberries, fresh strawberries, and celery.

A new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics has identified a link between certain types of pesticide exposure and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.

The study included 1,000 children, researchers found that those who had high levels of pesticides called organophosphates were almost twice as likely to develop Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.

Organophosphates are used to kill pests by attacking their nervous systems, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

CBS News reports that the most widely used organophosphate is malathion, which was used heavily in 1980′s and again about a decade ago to fight the West Nile virus.

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Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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