13 Oct '11, 11am

Moms and POPs: birth defects linked to banned, current pollutants. — Environmental Health News

What did they do? Researchers looked for an association between levels of POPs in the placenta of Chinese women who had just given birth and neural tube defects in their children. Researchers examined 80 cases of fetuses or newborns with neural tube defects and 50 healthy controls from rural counties in the Shanxi Province in the People’s Republic of China. This province has the highest PAH emissions in the country. The pollutants in question are produced mainly from mining and burning coal. The Shanxi province also has the highest rates of neural tube defects in China at 14 per every 1,000 births. At birth, the scientists measured several types of POPs in placental tissue, including 10 types of PAHs and multiple types of organochloride pesticides: lindane (gamma-HCH) and two byproducts of alpha-HCH and beta-HCH, HCB and alpha-endosulfan. They also measured two types of th...

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