News Media Alerts Pregnant Women to be Cautious about Pesticide Exposures
The news media including ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, ABC's Good Morning America, and NPR's All Things Considered, reported on the three NIEHS and EPA STAR research studies published in Environmental Health Perspectives last week. The research associated prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides with IQ Deficits in children. The news coverage included interviews with the principle investigators Brenda Eskenazi (UC Berkeley), Virginia Rauh (Columbia), each of whom recommended that women avoid use of household pesticides during pregnancy, and to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, or eat organic produce if possible during pregnancy.
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Listen to NPR's report "All Things Considered: Mothers' Pesticide Exposure Linked to Kids' IQs"