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EPA Children’s Environmental Health Listserve: Household Insecticides Appear in Umbilical Cord Blood
July 9, 2010, 10:08 am
Filed under: News

New research in Environmental Science & Technology reports common household insecticides reached detectable levels in the blood of the majority of babies born at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. The researchers studied the “non-persistent” pesticides bendiocarb, propoxur, and permethrin, which are common consumer products for lawns, backyards, and indoor pest control. Because scientists think that they disappear from the human body within a few days, the new finding suggests that the pregnant women received regular, chronic exposure, which may perturb fetal development, or that they were exposed shortly before childbirth — perhaps even in the hospital, the authors speculate. Go to: for more information on this study.


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