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Manmade chemicals found in womb.

A recent study of newborn babies found that fetuses are being exposed to potentially toxic chemicals while in the womb.

In an analysis of nearly 300 umbilical cord blood samples, researchers found levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoate, which are manmade chemicals used in a variety of consumer products including protective coating on food packaging, carpets and in the manufacturing of insecticides.

The analysis found perfluorooctane sulfonate in 99 percent of the infant samples examined and perfluorooctanoate in all of the samples.

"This study confirms that, as we have suspected, exposure to (perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoate) is fairly universal; this is of particular concern because of the potential toxicity, especially developmental toxicity, for these chemicals and the lack of information about health risks at these exposure levels," said APHA member Lynn Goldman, MD, MPH, co-author of the study.

Previous studies have shown the chemicals could cause tumors and developmental toxicity in laboratory animals at doses much higher than those observed in the recent study.

The study was published in the April 20 online edition of Environmental Science & Technology.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH FINDINGS: The latest public health studies and research
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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