DEHP medical exposure linked to attention deficit in children

A group of Belgian researchers has found that critically ill children, treated in hospital intensive care units, are exposed to high levels of DEHP metabolites, which are strongly associated with long-term attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The results were presented by lead author, Sören Verstraete, at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Boston on 1 April.

DEHP is widely used as a plasticiser in medical devices, such as catheters and plastic tubing, Dr Verstraete said, despite widespread controls on its use in toys and other articles.

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