Start­ing with a dis­ad­van­tage

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PRE­NA­TAL E XP OS­URE to poly­cyclic aro­matic hy­dro­car­bons (PAH), a pol­lu­tant gen­er­ated from fos­sil fuel burn­ing, could be one of the rea­sons be­hind at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity disorder (AHAD) in chil­dren. Chil­dren hav­ing AHAD find it hard to fo­cus and are hy­per­ac­tive. Not much is known about what causes the disorder, but a study on 233 women found that chil­dren born to PAH-ex­posed moth­ers had five times higher chances of get­ting AHAD. PLoS One, Novem­ber 5

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