Reprinted from (Beyond Pesticides, December 10, 2012) and Neurobehavioral problems following low-level exposure to organophosphate pesticides: a systematic and meta-analytic review.Ross SM, McManus IC, Harrison V, Mason O. Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London , Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT , UK. UCL’s systematic review, published in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology
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Scientists have found that low-level exposure to organophosphates (OPs) produces lasting decrements in neurological and cognitive function. Memory and information processing speed are affected to a greater degree than other cognitive functions such as language.
The systematic review of the literature was carried out by researchers at UCL and the Open University. It is the first to attempt a quantitative evaluation of the data assimilated from 14 studies and more than 1,600 participants. The researchers used meta-analysis to obtain an overview of the literature and their findings are published in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology.
Long-term low-level exposure to organophosphate pesticides produces lasting damage to neurological and cognitive functions, according to the researchers at University College London (UCL). This research pulls data from 14 studies over the past 20 years, including more than 1,600 participants, in order to provide a quantitative analysis of the current literature on these dangerous chemicals. Lead author of the study, Sarah Mackenzie Ross, Ph.D., notes, “This is the first time anyone has analyzed the literature concerning the neurotoxicity of organophosphate pesticides, using the statistical technique of meta-analysis.”
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