In an article published on June 15, 2016 by the news provider Environmental Health News, journalist Brian Bienkowski reports on a new study linking increased urinary levels bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research and conducted by researchers Shruti Tewar and colleagues from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, U.S., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, U.S., Brown University School of Public Health, U.S., and Simon Fraser University, Canada. The researchers used data of 460 children aged eight to 15 from the 2003–2004 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that higher urinary BPA concentrations were associated with ADHD: 11% of children with BPA levels at or above the median of the sample had ADHD, whereas 3% of children with BPA levels below the median had ADHD. These associations were stronger in boys than in girls. Tewar and colleagues highlight the growing scientific evidence on neurobehavioral effects of BPA in children and suggest further study to determine if reducing exposure to BPA may be an important factor in ADHD prevention.
Brian Bienkowski (June 15, 2016). “Hyperactivity in children linked to plastic additive, BPA.” Environmental Health News
Tewar, S. et al. (2016). “Association of bisphenol A exposure and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in a national sample of U.S. children.” Environmental Research 150:112-118.