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Potential developmental neurotoxicity of pesticides used in Europe

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health, October 2008
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Potential developmental neurotoxicity of pesticides used in Europe
Published in
Environmental Health, October 2008
DOI 10.1186/1476-069x-7-50
Pubmed ID

Marina Bjørling-Poulsen, Helle Raun Andersen, Philippe Grandjean


Pesticides used in agriculture are designed to protect crops against unwanted species, such as weeds, insects, and fungus. Many compounds target the nervous system of insect pests. Because of the similarity in brain biochemistry, such pesticides may also be neurotoxic to humans. Concerns have been raised that the developing brain may be particularly vulnerable to adverse effects of neurotoxic pesticides. Current requirements for safety testing do not include developmental neurotoxicity. We therefore undertook a systematic evaluation of published evidence on neurotoxicity of pesticides in current use, with specific emphasis on risks during early development. Epidemiologic studies show associations with neurodevelopmental deficits, but mainly deal with mixed exposures to pesticides. Laboratory experimental studies using model compounds suggest that many pesticides currently used in Europe--including organophosphates, carbamates, pyrethroids, ethylenebisdithiocarbamates, and chlorophenoxy herbicides--can cause neurodevelopmental toxicity. Adverse effects on brain development can be severe and irreversible. Prevention should therefore be a public health priority. The occurrence of residues in food and other types of human exposures should be prevented with regard to the pesticide groups that are known to be neurotoxic. For other substances, given their widespread use and the unique vulnerability of the developing brain, the general lack of data on developmental neurotoxicity calls for investment in targeted research. While awaiting more definite evidence, existing uncertainties should be considered in light of the need for precautionary action to protect brain development.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 4 1%
United States 3 <1%
India 2 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Pakistan 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 339 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 56 16%
Student > Bachelor 54 15%
Student > Master 48 14%
Researcher 45 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 22 6%
Other 71 20%
Unknown 59 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 71 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 42 12%
Environmental Science 33 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 28 8%
Chemistry 22 6%
Other 85 24%
Unknown 74 21%

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