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Exposure to Pesticides in Pregnancy Can Lower Children's IQ, Columbia University Study



4/21/2011 6:51:33 AM

Time -- Moms-to-be have a lot to worry about while they're expecting, especially since everything they're exposed to has a chance of affecting their developing baby. And that includes pesticides, from the kind that farmers spray on fruit and vegetable crops to the bug-killers that we use in our homes. In three separate studies published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers document that a mother's prenatal exposure to these chemicals can affect the cognitive development of her child, in some cases up to nine years later.

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