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Web Date: June 15, 2010

Household Insecticides Appear In Umbilical Cord Blood

Chemical Exposure: The presence of "non-persistent" pesticides suggests that pregnant women experienced recent or chronic exposure
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: toxic substances, chemical exposure, pesticides, insecticides

Common household insecticides reached detectable levels in the blood of the majority of babies born at an urban hospital, new research in Environmental Science & Technology (DOI: 10.1021/es1009778) reports.

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 . . .

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