Effects of paraquat on the neurodevelopment of the youngest of the young

Effects of paraquat on the neurodevelopment of the youngest of the young

Category

Social sciences

Available online

10 Aug 2017

Found in Edition

2017, Volume 8, 756-761

Format

Short communication
In Suriname, the chemical paraquat is a widely used herbicide which is insufficiently regulated and controlled. In this short report we point out two main reasons for looking closer into the dangers paraquat may bring. First: paraquat is a common and very lethal method of attempting suicide. Second: serious suspicions exist that paraquat may influence young mothers and in particular the brains of their babies, even in the prenatal period, possibly leaving them with life-long damage in brain structure and function.

Subject

Effects of Paraquat

Keywords

Paraquat use, paraquat exposure, suicide, pregnancy, neurodevelopment al consequences

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Shonima Gangaram Panday (1)

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Anton de Kom University of Suriname

Tobi Graafsma (7)

Professor in clinical psychology, Institute for Graduate Studies and Research, Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname
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