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Common chemicals detected in amniotic fluid from 1980s and 1990s. — Environmental Health News via @sharethis

Testing amniotic fluid collected from pregnant women two to three decades ago, researchers detected low levels of three common chemicals – the phthalates DEHP and DiNP and the stain-resisting chemical PFOS – in almost every sample they examined. This study is important because it measures these contaminants directly in amniotic fluid. It is the first published study to measure PFOS and one of just a handful that have measured the phthalates in the fetal liquid. There is no definitive answer yet about whether pre-birth exposure to these two phthalates or PFOS harms the developing child or has long-lasting effects. Amniotic fluid may be a good marker of what a fetus is exposed to because only some of what is found in the blood or urine of the mother crosses the placenta and enters the fetus. The ability to more accurately determine exposure is important for studies looking a...

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