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Babies may be predisposed to ear infections if they're exposed
to certain combustion and industrial by-products while in the womb. The
results come from Japanese researchers reporting in the May
Environmental Research who have linked prenatal exposure to dioxin-like
compounds--chemicals coming from sources such as forest fires and waste
burning--to an increased risk of ear infections, particularly among
boys. Of the 364 children the scientists followed from before birth to
18 months of age, kids in the highest exposure group had five times the
risk seen among the least exposed infants, the scientists report. All
the babies were born in the city of Sapporo, where environmental
pollution levels are deemed relatively low.