Pregnant women, infants, and children are continually exposed to chemicals that are toxic to brain development. Yet too little has been done to protect them from the possibility of harm. In 2015, a diverse group of physicians and other health professionals, scientists, and advocates established Project Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks (TENDR) to focus awareness and advocate for action against toxic chemicals that contribute to the risk of development of brain-based disorders in children, including intellectual and learning disabilities, autism, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).1 Ten years ago, this landmark agreement among leading scientists and health professionals would not have been possible, but the accumulated evidence, which illustrates a pattern of toxicity, is credible and convincing. The release of the TENDR consensus statement coincided with the recent signing into law of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This act is the first update of the Toxic...
Targeting Environmental Neurodevelopmental Risks to Protect Children
POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Dr Campbell has acted as an expert witness for the plaintiff in childhood lead poisoning legal cases and is a member of the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in which capacity she represented AAP at Project Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks meetings. Dr Lanphear serves as an expert witness in cases involving lead poisoning, but he receives no personal compensation for his services. Dr Hirtz has indicated she has no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The authors have indicated they have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.
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Deborah Hirtz, Carla Campbell, Bruce Lanphear; Targeting Environmental Neurodevelopmental Risks to Protect Children. Pediatrics February 2017; 139 (2): e20162245. 10.1542/peds.2016-2245
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