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Transgenerational exposures: persistent chemical pollutants in the environment and breast milk.
Thundiyil JG; Solomon GM; Miller MD
Pediatr Clin North Am 2007 Feb; 54(1):81-101
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are anthropogenic chemicals that are poorly biodegradable and have the potential for adverse human health effects. Although national regulations and an international treaty have resulted in the gradual decline of many POPs in human blood and breast milk, the levels of other POPs continue to rise. Children and developing fetuses are sensitive to health effects from these substances. This article reviews the health risks posed by the POPs that have been largely banned or regulated and the potential for health effects from a variety of other chemicals in widespread use today.
Biological-effects; Chemical-deposition; Chemical-hypersensitivity; Chemical-properties; Demographic-characteristics; Dietary-effects; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-hazards; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Health-hazards; Humans; Medical-surveys; Organic-chemicals; Physiological-effects; Physiological-measurements; Physiological-response; Pollutants; Pollution; Pregnancy; Reproductive-effects; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis
Mark D. Miller, California Poison Control System - San Francisco Division, School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Issue of Publication
Pediatric Clinics of North America
University of California, Berkeley
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