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EHN: Phthalates May Play A Role in ADHD Symptoms
January 13, 2010, 10:49 am
Filed under: News

Jan 12, 2009

Kim, BN, SC Cho, Y Kim, MS Shin, HJ Yoo, JW Kim, YH Yang, HW Kim, SY Bhang and YC Hong. 2009. Phthalates exposure and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in school-age children. Biological Psychiatry doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.07.034.
Synopsis by Paul Eubig, DVM

Phthalate chemicals create the softer, more flexible plastics used in many consumer products. Recent research suggests that children exposed to phthalates have a softer ability to perform well in school, as evidenced by increased inattentive and hyperactive behavior.

A new study finds that exposure to phthalate chemicals may be linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in school-aged children. The Korean students in the study who were identified as having ADHD symptoms were more likely to have higher levels of phthalate chemical markers in their urine than children without symptoms of the disorder.

This is the first study in people to find a link between the two and supports previous results reported in rodent studies. The new research suggests chemical exposure may play a role in development of the disorder.

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder marked by impulsive behavior, overly active movement and lack of attention. It is currently estimated that approximately 6-7 percent of children in the United States have ADHD.

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