Protect kids from neurotoxicity

Researchers from the US and Denmark said exposure to toxic chemicals was an important contributor to the “silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity” and the increasing prevalence of neurodevelopmental disabilities like autism, ADHD and dyslexia.

The report follows a 2006 review that identified five industrial chemicals that can cause neurological deficits. It adds information on six newly recognised neurotoxicants including manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos and DDT, tetrachloroethylene, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers — or flame retardants.

The study linked exposure to these neurotoxicants in developing brains with intellectual function and impaired motor skills, hyperactivity, aggressive behaviour and cognitive delays.

The authors said they were concerned many more neurotoxicants remain undiscovered but the