Children whose diet included more organic foods scored better on tests of fluid intelligence and working memory, a new study reveals.
A meta-analysis of nine longitudinal studies reveals urban green spaces are significantly associated with a reduction in premature mortality. A 4% reduction in premature mortality was linked to each increment of 0.1 in vegetation score within 500 meters of residential buildings.
Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy or during early life is linked to a reduction in cognitive abilities during child development. Greater fine particulate matter 2.5 exposure between fetal stage and 7 years old was associated with lower working memory scores in boys at age 10. Early life exposure to PM2.5 was also correlated with attention problems in both boys and girls.
The risk of a child being diagnosed with ADHD may be modulated by the mother's diet while pregnant. Analyzing umbilical cord samples, researchers discovered a higher omega-6:omega-3 ratio was associated with an increased risk of ADHD in children during mid-childhood.
According to researchers, children who carry the APOE4 gene and who are exposed to air pollution have higher behavior problem scores and their attention capacity was slower to develop.