Our youth are being diagnosed with illnesses at greater and greater numbers. Causes are not definitive. From autism to attention problems, our environment is a logical place to look. Although these illnesses are very different in symptoms and treatment, artificial food additives, chemicals in our homes, pesticides, etc. have all been linked to increased health problems in children.
New research has found that children living near major roads at greater risk for ADHD from air pollution.
Rodale News explains:
Looking at about 575 children, researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center compared the proximity of an infant’s home to busy roads with the occurrence of ADHD and related hyperactivity symptoms by the time the child turned 7. They found that children living within an area roughly 3½ football fields away from a major road ran a significantly higher risk of ADHD compared to children who lived at least a mile away from major roadways.
We know air pollution is a serious culprit in causing respiratory problems in children. This research now links attention behaviors to car and truck exhaust. It is definitely something to consider when selecting the location of your home or child’s school.
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