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Greatly revised, the second one variation offers a longer survey of this swiftly turning out to be box. The publication experiences the consequences of commercial and pharmaceutical chemical compounds on human habit, cognitive functionality, and emotional prestige. gains contain new chapters addressing key forensic concerns and up to date perspectives on a number of chemical sensitivity, unwell development syndrome, and psychosomatic problems; present info on NIOSH and OSHA publicity degrees for business pollution; and more desirable assurance of trying out tools; reports of puppy, SPECT, and BEAM imaging utilized to neurotoxic exposure.

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The importance of thorough rule-out investigation cannot be overemphasized. Paucity of relevant test norms. Further complicating diagnosis is the lack of neuropsychological test norms for individuals most likely to have been exposed to neurotoxic substances. e,. glue-sniffers). While there is some generalization possible for tests normed on individuals with comparable educational levels, more appropriate validation on relevant population groups would be preferable. Very low pre morbid educational levels or pre morbid IQ results can invalidate interpretation of current neuropsychological tests since such tests may assume average educational or intellectual abilities.

While models of the type described by Silbergeld do not describe functional deficits, they are templates to examine patterns of risk assessment that take into account chronic exposure and "silent" damage. Models of this sort may permit more accurate calculation of neurotoxic risk than simply tallying large-scale "body counts" of damaged human beings after the fact. It is possible that neurotoxic exposure may be involved in the causation of many different neurodegenerative diseases. , 1986). High levels of aluminum have been found in patients diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (Yasui, Yase, Ota, Mukoyama, & Adachi, 1991).

Problems Inherited by the Neuropsychologist 1. Lack ofneurochemical markers. While neuropsychological signs and symptoms are considered valid and sensitive measures of neurotoxic exposure, in many cases, test results cannot be buttressed by neurochemical markers of neurotoxic effects. In most cases, such markers do not exist and may not be discovered soon. , urine, skin, blood), and we do not know enough about the relationship between most neurotoxins and biological markers to determine their clinical correlates (Silbergeld, 1993).

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