Study: Arsenic Exposure In Womb Linked To Increased Respiratory Infections For Newborns

By Dr Deepu

HealthDay (11/23) reports that a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that children exposed to high levels of arsenic in the womb face an increased risk for infections and respiratory symptoms in the first year of their life. Researchers measured levels of arsenic in 412 pregnant women in New Hampshire whose homes and private wells, and they found “infants exposed to arsenic in the womb had more infections that led to a doctor visit or treatment with prescription medications.” senior author Margaret Karagas, chair of epidemiology at Dartmouth College’s School of Medicine, said in a college news release: “These results suggest that arsenic exposure may increase the risk and severity of certain types of infections.”

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