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Date:2/21/2012

children from these pregnancies were contacted and asked to participate in a follow-up study in which, for instance, body mass index and waist circumference were recorded. Approximately 650 of the children agreed to participate.

Employees at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health analysed the levels of a variety of PFCs in the mothers' blood.

About PFOA

PFOA belongs to a group of environmental pollutants known as per-and polyfluorinated compounds (PFC). These compounds are used or have been used in a variety of consumer products and industrial processes such as impregnation, textiles, carpets and fire-fighting foam. Concerns about the use of these substances arose at the millennium as one of the substances, perfluorooctyl (PFOS), was found to be ubiquitous in wildlife and human populations worldwide.

Studies have shown that food is the major source for most of us, but that the indoor environment can be an important source for others. PFCs are transferred from mother to child through the placenta during pregnancy and in breast milk after birth. Many of the PFCs are persistent and can harm living organisms, which means they must be considered as environmental contaminants.


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Contact: Julie Johansen
julie.johansen@fhi.no
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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