Study: Kids who live near traffic more likely to develop ADHD


Jenn Savedge
Mother Nature Network
May 27, 2013

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A new study has found a link between kids’ exposure to traffic and their future risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral disorders.

The study, which was conducted at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used data on traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) collected as part of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS), a long-term epidemiological study examining the effects of traffic particulates on childhood respiratory health and allergy development.

Researchers looked at the medical data of children born in the city between 2001 and 2003 who were chosen based on family history and whether they lived near to or far from a major highway or bus route. They followed the kids from birth to age 7.

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