The Bronx has long been a dumping ground which has had a detrimental effect on the environment and in turn in the health of its residents. The Blinker showed us how Bronx neighborhoods of University Heights, Morris Heights, Kingsbridge, Mount Hope and Fordham had some of the highest concentrations of sulfur in the city.
The Blinker said:
Now CityLab from the Atlantic reports that there is a possible link between air pollution and adolescent ADHD in a study which focused on the South Bronx amongst several other NYC neighborhoods:
Researchers from Columbia University and elsewhere have found a possible link between air pollution and adolescent ADHD. According to the report, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, pregnant women from New York City exposed to certain air pollutants were more likely to birth a child with ADHD. The pollutants —polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)—are released into the atmosphere through the burning of coal, tobacco, and petrol.
The research team monitored 233 nonsmoking women living in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx. The women and their household pollutant levels were monitored from the time of pregnancy until their children reached the age of 9. Those living in highly polluted areas were five times as likely to give birth to a child that developed ADHD during the course of the study. (The researchers controlled a number of factors, including; sex of the child, the child’s ethnicity, the mother’s education level, maternal ADHD symptoms, and quality of home caretaking environment).
“This study suggests that exposure to PAH encountered in New York City air may play a role in childhood ADHD,” explains Dr. Frederica Perera, the report’s lead author.
Can we really afford to allow more trucks into our neighborhoods and exacerbate an already critical situation? Please EMAIL the Empire State Development corporation and tell them enough is enough.
Read the rest via A Link Between Air Pollution and Adolescent ADHD – CityLab.
Watch NY1’s report on the study: http://www.ny1.com/content/218624/study-links-air-pollution-to-adhd/
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