Prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure linked to tremors

ChildWhile the insecticide chlorpyrifos—commonly used in conventional agricultural production—has been linked to neurodevelopmental problems, the effects of low-level exposures had not been previously assessed. Now, a study published in the journal NeuroToxicology and summarized by The Organic Center has found that prenatal exposure is linked to tremors in childhood and may indicate a negative effect on the nervous system. In the study, researchers followed 263 children from birth to eleven years of age. The results suggest that children who were exposed to higher levels of chlorpyrifos before birth were more likely to exhibit tremors.

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