In a review published on March 7, 2018 in the peer-reviewed journal Environment International, Johanna Rochester and colleagues from the non-profit organization The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), Paonia, U.S., focused on examining the link between bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) and hyperactivity in children.
After performing a systematic review and meta-analysis of 29 rodent studies and 3 human studies, the scientists concluded that, “in both rodents and humans, early exposure to BPA is linked to increased hyperactivity.” This suggests that children exposed to BPA during early development are more likely to exhibit hyperactivity later in life. Based on their findings, the authors call for “the development of clinical recommendations for avoiding BPA exposure, especially for pregnant women and children.”
In the past decade, an increase in the prevalence of the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and some other behavioral disorders in children has been observed (FPF reported). Exposures to environmental chemicals are suspected to be among the contributing factors (FPF reported).
In an article published on March 8, 2018 by news provider Environmental Health News, Brian Bienkowski noted that a long-term guideline study recently finalized by the U.S. FDA concluded that exposure to low levels of BPA is safe for consumers (FPF reported). However, the hyperactivity review’s senior author, Carol Kwiatkowski, emphasized that traditional guideline studies do not usually look at brain development, despite it being a sensitive target of endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Brian Bienkowski (Mach 8, 2018). “Scientists call BPA exposure ‘presumed health hazard’ for hyperactivity.” Environmental Health News
Health and Environment Alliance (Mach 7, 2018). “Early life exposure to bisphenol A linked to the development of hyperactivity.”
Rochester, J., et al. (2018). “Prenatal exposure to bisphenol A and hyperactivity in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Environment International (published March 7, 2018).