Petrol-sniffing may reduce the growth of adolescents, and there is no way to catch up even after they stop sniffing, a study warns.
Researchers, including those from Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, looked at data collected from 118 males in two indigenous communities in Northern Territory in Australia. As many as 86 of them had chronically inhaled petrol when they were teenagers, starting at an average age of 13. After two years, the males were found to be an average six centimetres shorter than their non-sniffing peers in the same community.
The research also showed that normal weight gain was also affected in the study participants................Read more
Source: The New Indian Express