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Today In The News: Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQ

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQ

Children whose mothers are exposed to high amounts of certain pesticides while pregnant appear to have lower intelligence quotients (IQs) than their peers when they reach school age. Three US studies have found that a child’s IQ tends to decrease in proportion to its mother’s exposure to organophosphates during pregnancy. While prenatal exposure to these pesticides was linked with childhood IQ, exposure after birth was not, suggesting that organophosphates are more damaging to developing fetuses than to children. More… Discuss