New research from a team led by an Indiana University Hospital doctor shows children may be adversely affected by exposure to pesticides during pregnancy. Doctor Paul Winchester’s studies show pesticide levels are highest in June. Likewise, ISTEP test scores for children conceived between June and August are lower than the rest of the population’s.
Winchester is quick to say the findings are not irrefutable. However, he believes there’s a good chance the two facts are linked. Winchester says high levels of pesticide are found in many local drinking water supplies. He says parents should educate themselves about what harmful agents may lurk unseen.
Working with the Centers for Disease Control, Winchester’s team collected data on about 25 million babies born between 1996 and 2002. Their findings of higher levels of pesticide in babies conceived during the summer are consistent across the nation.