May 22, 2013
Attention deficit hypertension disorder (ADHD) is a growing problem in the U.S., with more than 5 million kids and teens between the ages of 3 and 17 living with the side effects of the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The behavioral disorder affects boys more frequently than girls, and it can lead to children having difficulty paying attention in class, having too much energy or lashing out due to acting without thinking.
Though there is no set cause for the disorder, a new study has found traffic pollution could play a role in children's development of ADHD. Scientists from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati followed approximately 576 children from birth until the age of 7. All lived in the metro area of Cincinnati. The kids were separated into two groups - youngsters who lived near major highways or bus routes and those who lived more than a mile away from traffic and congestion.
When the kids turned 7, their parents were asked to fill out a survey regarding their behavior. From the results, it was discovered that children who lived near traffic were far more likely to have hyperactivity symptoms than their peers who lived in more rural, less congested areas. Though more research needs to be conducted, parents worried about their youngster's development might want to install a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas to help curb how much traffic pollution kids breathe in.