Each day, I found it fascinating on what our brains are capable of, such as controlling our thoughts, memory, organ functions, and speech. As we get older, we start to notice developmental disorders that are caused by the environment. I searched up some articles about brain development and I came across this article that discusses how the environment affects brain development. It was written by researchers from NIH and it got me reading to the end. I thought you’d enjoy learning about it.
The environment can develop numerous different disorders in a person, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects children at an early age. It affects every 1 in every 110 American children and there is no cure. ADHD can cause a person to lose concentration or control of their behavior. There is an approximately 4.5 million children from ages 3 to 17 years old with ADHD. There is an ongoing research that shows the correlation between pesticide and ADHD, while other research has shown how diet can develop neurotoxic developmental effects. Another ongoing research is by in-house researchers at the National Toxicology Program who are developing a comprehensive test to identify the short and long term effects of early exposure to environmental chemicals, and the impact these chemicals have on adolescent’s behavior. This is necessary to conduct research on because it can help discover different solutions to this problem, so children or adolescents would not experience developmental brain disorders that are impacted by the environment. I continue to wonder how we all as members of the public can become aware of some of these environmental risk factors, and work hard to avoid them.
For more information I personally encourage you to take a look at what we are doing at the Health, Environmental Education and Awareness (HEEA) program. At the HEEA day, we educate members of our community on the relationship between the environment and public health. Experts share nuggets of life-saving health and environment information in a joyful and entertaining atmosphere.
I can tell you that human health is truly complex. But there is hope. Obtaining and empowering ourselves with the latest information and research on different health conditions is important for protecting your health. There are a lot of valuable information published by health care providers, researchers and other experts from around the world. You can read free and updated information on health issues affecting mothers, women, children and families and other health issues such as HIV/AIDS on our website at the International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and HIV/AIDS. You can also read other interesting articles online on public health, medical research, and how research is changing our lives at IJTRansmed.
*At the time of writing, Ms. Kanisha Blake, MPH (Epidemiology) was a public health intern at the Global Health and Education Projects, Washington, DC, USA, under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Romuladus E. Azuine.