30 Sep '14, 10am

Water contaminant linked to children's low IQs

Water contaminant linked to children's low IQs

Sundar M/flickr Lake Mead, which feeds the Colorado River, is contaminated with perchlorate from a chemical manufacturer in the Las Vegas area. By Brian Bienkowski Staff Writer Environmental Health News Sept. 30, 2014 Babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate during their first trimester are more likely to have lower IQs later in life, according to a new study . The research is the first to link pregnant women's perchlorate levels to their babies’ brain development. It adds to evidence that the drinking water contaminant may disrupt thyroid hormones, which are crucial for proper brain growth. Perchlorate, which is both naturally occurring and manmade, is used in rocket fuel, fireworks and fertilizers. It has been found in 4 percent of U.S. public water systems serving an estimated 5 to 17 million people, largely near military bases and defense contractors in t...

Full article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/sep/...

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