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Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ in Kids
Date:4/21/2011

roduce to avoid pesticides. If that's not possible, she said, "you can wash those fruits and vegetables well. Get a brush to scrub them, especially if they're hard-skinned fruits and vegetables. If they have a peel, you still need to wash them."

The pesticides in question may be on their way to becoming less of a risk: Eskenazi said they're less popular today than in the past. "The industry has been responsive," she said. "We are definitely seeing a drop, and we're seeing an increase in organic cropland."

The studies are published in the April 21 online edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has more on pesticides.

SOURCES: Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D., director, Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, and professor of epidemiology and maternal and child health, University of California, Berkeley; and Mary A. Fox, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, health policy and management department, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore; April 21, 2011, Environmental Health Perspectives, online


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