Pesticide danger to growing brain

Chlorpyrifos (CPF), a widely used organophosphate insecticide, has been associated with significant structural changes to the brain.

Researchers compared 20 children who had high exposure to CPF with 20 children who had low exposure. 

They found that exposure associated with “routine”, non-occupational use – without any signs of acute exposure –was associated with significant abnormalities on the cerebral surface.

The cognitive and behavioural processes impacted by the affected regions include attention and receptive language, social cognition and reward, emotion and

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