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see Foods -pesticides incancer under Links between individual pesticides and cancer or pesticides and individual cancers and nervous system effects (autism) and respiratory, and and fact sheets/chlorpyrifos

Brain and Behavioral Effects of Early Exposures to Neurotoxicants  (University of California Television (UCTV), Aug 11, 2015)  There is also a significant link to meaningful tremors and learning deficits. This presentation addresses the impact of prenatal exposure to a common neurotoxicant on brain structure and neuropsychological function in an inner-city cohort of minority children. The toxic chemical, an organophosphate insecticide (chlorpyrifos), has been banned for indoor residential use in the U.S. since 2001, but continues to have widespread application for agricultural purposes. Possible moncholinergic mechanisms involve disruption of neural cell development and neurotransmitter systems, including the formation and activity of synapses in different brain regions. This presentation examines the evidence for long-term effects of prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure on neuropsychological profiles and brain morphology as measured by MRI. Series: "MIND Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorders" Health and Medicine Professional Medical Education Show ID: 29838 

Common Mosquito Control Insecticides Decrease Motor Function in Infants (Beyond Pesticides, June 13, 2017) Prenatal exposure to commonly used mosquito and agricultural insecticides is associated with decreased motor function in infants, according to a study published in Environment International by a team of Chinese and U.S. researchers...For the current study, over 350 pregnant Chinese mothers were tested for the presence of organophosphate pesticides in their umbilical cord blood. Researchers looked at exposure to the insecticides naledmethamidophostrichlorfonchlorpyrifos, and phorate. After giving birth, their children’s motor function was tested at both six and nine months of age. Significant changes were seen at the 9 month testing. For naled, scores for visual motor, fine motor, and fine motor quotients decreased 0.55, 0.85, and 0.90 points lower per 1 ng/mL increase in naled originally detected in an infant mother’s cord blood. With chlorpyrifos, reflexes, locomotion, grasping, VM (visual motor), GM (gross motor), FM (fine motor), TM (total motor), GMQ (gross motor quotient), FMQ (fine motor quotient), and TMQ (total motor quotient) are, respectively, 0.50, 1.98, 0.80, 1.91, 3.49, 2.71, 6.29, 2.56, 2.04, and 2.59 points lower, when comparing exposed and unexposed infants, according to the study. SNAP Comment: Chlorpyrifos is still used for mosquito control in Edmonton, Alberta. I don't know about naled use in Canada. These are more of a concern when traveling, I guess, including in Florida which is known to use Naled.

Exposure to Heavy Pesticide Use Can Impact Neurobehavioral Performance in Children (Beyond Pesticides, May 12, 2017) Researchers have found that exposure to heavy pesticide use during peak periods can impact neurobehavioral performance in children. The study focused on exposure to organophosphate pesticides, which have been associated with a broad range of diseases in both children and adults...Dr. Suarez-Lopez continued, “This discovery is novel because it shows that pesticide spray seasons can produce short-term alterations in neurobehavioral performance in addition to the long-term alterations that have been previously described. This is troublesome because the altered mental functions observed are essential for children’s learning, and in May-July, students typically take their end-of-year exams. If their learning and performance abilities are affected in this period, they may graduate from high school with lower scores which may hinder their ability to access higher education or obtain a job.”

Glyphosate Use Could be Linked to Pregnancy Problems  (Beyond Pesticides, April 11, 2017) New data presented last week at a children’s health conference show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular Roundup weed killer, is detected in pregnant women and could lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes, including shorter gestation times and lower birth weights. Researchers tested and tracked 69 expectant mothers and found that the presence of glyphosate levels in their bodily fluids correlated with unfavorable birth outcomes. 

Australian Study Finds Nearly Half of Insecticide Poisonings Affect Young Children (Beyond Pesticides, August 16, 2016) Young children are disproportionately poisoned by toxic pesticides used indoors, according to a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Data analyzed from the Queensland, Australia Poisons Information Centre (QPIC) finds that 49% of 743 insecticide-related calls in 2014 concerned young children...A significant share of childhood pesticide poisonings occurred in very young children.

Healthy Lunches, Healthy Farms, Healthy Children (JOURNAL OF PESTICIDE REFORM Spring 2006 • Vol. 26, No. 1)

Report presents effects of pesticide exposure on children  (By Jean Ruzicka, Park Rapids Enterprise, May 14, 2016) The article is from a Minnesota paper commenting on the Minnesota part of the report Kids on the Frontline, recently produced by PANNA. Indeed, Minnesota agriculture is the most similar in crops, and likely pesticide use to Saskatchewan, barring corn and soy although more is being grown in the South every year. I would love to see a similar Canadian report, but with no pesticide use data collected and detailed pesticide use by province considered 'trade secret' by the PMRA, one could never get there. I guess we will forever remain ignorant. Don't you know "Ignorance is bliss?"

The Negative Effects of Pesticides on Children By André Leu, November 2014, Mother Earth News. Because their body mass is so much lower than adults', toxicity testing fails to adequately take into account the negative effects of pesticides on children.

Triclosan Found in Pregnant Mothers’ Bodies Transfers to Fetus (Beyond Pesticides, August 12, 2014)

Protecting Children from Pesticide Exposure, by James Roberts, MD, lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ landmark policy statement and report on the effects of pesticide exposure in children. Dr. Roberts is professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC. video. (Advancing Sustainable Communities: People, pollinators and practices, the 32nd National Pesticide Forum, held April 11-12, 2014 in Portland, OR)  

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement Pesticide Exposure in Children (2012) " Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. Related animal toxicology studies provide supportive biological plausibility for these findings."

 A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence (PANNA, October 2012) In the US, more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides used annually have contributed to an array of health problems in youth...10% of children born annually in the United States are estimated to be affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. One-third of all neurodevelopmental disorders are caused either directly by pesticides and other chemicals or by genetics and exposure to environmental factors, the National Academy of Sciences estimates. Exposure to pesticides has also been linked to lower IQ levels in children.

Study Shows Children at Risk from Cumulative Exposure to Pesticides  (Beyond Pesticides, November 26, 2012) The U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) risk assessment process does not account for cumulative dietary exposure to the multitude of pesticides on conventional foods. 

Pediatricians Say Organic Foods Reduce Kids’ Pesticide Exposure  (Beyond Pesticides, October 24, 2012) 

State of the science on children & pesticides  Oct 11, 2012. Background document and listen to the MP3 recording from the Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Prenatal Exposure to Widely Used Pesticide Ingredient Linked to Childhood Cough (Beyond Pesticides, September 12, 2012) Expectant mothers exposed to the pesticide additive piperonyl butoxide (PBO), widely used in synthetic prethroid insecticides and those ending in “thrin” (popular in mosquito spray programs), during pregnancy pass to their children a heightened risk of noninfectious cough at ages 5 and 6, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH). These findings support the premise that children’s respiratory system is susceptible to damage from toxic exposures during the prenatal period...

Common Herbicide May Increase Risk of Rare Disorder in Infants (Beyond Pesticides, October 2, 2012) The herbicide atrazine may be linked to an amplified risk of choanal atresia, a congenital abnormality of the nasal cavity, according to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other Texas institutions. Choanal atresia is recognized when tissue formed during fetal development blocks an infant’s nasal cavity. Though it is a rare condition, it is considered quite serious because it can affect an infant’s ability to breathe...

Common Pesticides Associated With Lower Birth Weight, Shortened Pregnancy (April 6, 2012) Newborns of women with the highest levels of organophosphate insecticides in their urine were delivered, on average, about half a week earlier and weighed one-third of a pound less than those of women with the lowest exposures...

Everyday Exposure to Pesticides Linked to Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Beyond Pesticides, May 18, 2010. Posted in ADHD, Chemicals, Children/Schools, Chlorpyrifos, Disease/Health Effects) Eexposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides, at levels common among U.S. children, may contribute to a diagnosis of ADHD. This is another study illustrating that regulatory agencies (US EPA as well as Canada's PMRA) evaluate harm based on false realities about daily toxic exposure and individual sensitivities. Risk management decisions under these laws assume the benefits of toxic pesticide products to society or to various sectors of users, then make a determination that the risks are “reasonable.”...

2004 Saskatchewan campaign for reducing children's exposure to pesticides

Children susceptible to Pesticides Longer Than Expected (2009-06-22) One's PON1 genotypic profile determines how effectively the enzyme can metabolize toxins. The ability to metabolize toxins remained low in a large proportion of children up to age 7. The study authors recommend that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-evaluate the current standards for acceptable levels of pesticide exposure. The fact that enzyme activity remained low for certain kids with vulnerable genotypes well past age 2 was surprising for the study authors.

Philip and Alice Shabecoff are authors of the new book Poisoned Profits: The toxic assault on our children. Mr. Shabecoff served as chief environmental correspondent for The New York Times for fourteen years. Mr. Shabecoff also founded Greenwire, an online digest of environmental news and was selected as one of the “Global 500” by the United Nations’ Environmental Program. Ms. Shabecoff is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics. She was executive director of the National Consumers League and Community Information Exchange. Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children video, Philip and Alice Shabecoff  (Sep 18, 2008.Politics and Prose Bookstore)   Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children

Contaminated Without Consent   (video)

Pesticide Exposure, Intelligence and Children: Preliminary Results
Patricia Moulton, Ph.D., National Pesticide Forum  (May 19, 2006)