Studies assessed the association between exposure to e-waste and outcomes related to mental health and neurodevelopment, physical health, education, and violence and criminal behaviour, from Jan 1, 1965, to Dec 17, 2012.
The study finds plausible outcomes associated with exposure to e-waste including
- Change in thyroid function,
- Changes in cellular expression and function,
- Adverse neonatal outcomes,
- Changes in temperament and behaviour,
- Decreased lung function,
- Changes in educational outcomes,
- Boys aged 8—9 years living in an e-waste recycling town had a lower forced vital capacity than did those living in a control town,
- Significant negative correlations between blood chromium concentrations and forced vital capacity in children aged 11 and 13 years,
- Increases in spontaneous abortions, stillbirths, and premature births, and reduced birth-weights and birth lengths associated,
- Evidence of greater DNA damage than did those living in control towns.