Occupational Exposure to Solvents Linked to Birth Defects
A new research study suggests a link between a pregnant woman’s workplace chemical exposure to solvents and an increased risk of giving birth to a child with congenital abnormalities.
Reuters Health reports that the new study by French researchers found that birth defects in children such as cleft palate and limb deformities were associated with exposure to common chemicals such as bleach-containing solvents and glycol ethers. These solvents are commonly found in paints and cleaning products and their fumes are toxic to humans.
The French study was published in the journal Epidemiology and relied upon both urine samples and self-reporting by participants to establish a link between the birth defects and workplace chemicals. The French researchers say further investigation is required to establish a definitive link.
A link between occupational exposure to solvents during pregnancy and congenital heart defects was also reported in a study done by U.S. researchers earlier this year, according to Reuters. However, earlier research finding are a mixed bag so more study is needed.
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