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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.
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Title Annotation:SCIENCE NOTEBOOK; babies' ear infections
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 16, 2011
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