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Agricultural Pesticides May Affect Kids’ Breathing

A new study finds that early exposure to common pesticides could harm children’s lungs and cause future health problems.

“Previous research has looked at the harmful effect of organophosphate pesticides — chemicals that target the nervous system — on adult agricultural workers. This new study looked at children living in an agricultural area where the organophosphates are used.”

“This is the first evidence suggesting that children exposed to organophosphates have poorer lung function,” said study senior author Brenda Eskenazi, a professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the University of California, Berkeley.” Read more.

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