Tag: boys

Common Pesticide Linked to Increase in ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 11 percent of children aged four to 17—that’s 6.4 million children diagnosed as of 2011. Boys are three to four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. While there are certain hereditary factors that make some children more likely to develop ADHD more than others, environmental factors are also thought to play an…

Toxins in Plastic Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children

I blog about environmental toxins a lot because their harmful effects continue to be reported in scientific studies, yet little is done to curtail their use or educate the public about their harms. One class of toxins—the phthalates—is particularly troublesome because they are ubiquitous. They’re everywhere. Phthalates are found in: personal care products cosmetics perfumed products adhesives car care products…

Girls and Boys Entering Puberty Younger than Ever

We’ve known for quite a while now that girls are beginning menstruation at a younger age than ever. I’ve blogged about the link between increased exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals and decreased age of menstruation in girls before. It looks like girls are not alone. In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, no less, researchers found that boys are…

BPA and Children, Heart Disease, and Canned Food

I blog often about the harmful effects of bisphenol A (BPA) because this harmful chemical is found in over 90 percent of people in the U.S., and it has been linked to an array of health conditions. BPA is a hormone disruptor. That is, it acts as an estrogen imposter, interfering with hormone function in the body. BPA is found…

Epigenetics—Why Your Lifestyle May Affect Generations To Come

The human genome was fully mapped in the year 2000, a feat thought to be one of the most important medical science breakthroughs in history. As it turned out, there were only 25,000 genes, and the research did not yield the medical advances anticipated. In 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began to fund a different genetic initiative; one…