Journal Article

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Environmental Toxic Metal Exposure in the United Arab Emirates

Said Yousef, Abdu Adem, Taoufik Zoubeidi, Melita Kosanovic, Abdel Azim Mabrouk and Valsamma Eapen

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 57, issue 6, pages 457-460
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online February 2011 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmq121
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Environmental Toxic Metal Exposure in the United Arab Emirates

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No systematic studies have been carried out on the effects of toxic metals on childhood behavior in the Gulf Region including the UAE. The relationship between blood levels of heavy metals and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were explored in school-aged children of UAE and it was found that increased blood concentrations of lead (Pb), manganese (Mn) and zinc (Zn) were significantly associated with ADHD. The findings suggest that monitoring for exposure to heavy metal levels and education on potential child health hazards related to them are indicated.

Keywords: ADHD; heavy metals; lead; behavioral problems; children

Journal Article.  1583 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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