Study Finds Link Between 'Forever Chemicals' and Preeclampsia Birth Injuries
A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives examined the correlation between prenatal per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances exposure during pregnancy and preeclampsia.
A research team led by David Cantonwine, Ph.D., MPH, Perinatal Environmental Epidemiologist in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, analyzed 150 participants from their biorepository, LIFECODES, which has been banking data and samples from pregnant women since 2006.
They measured nine per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances chemicals at approximately 10 weeks gestation in 75 women that were diagnosed with preeclampsia and 75 normotensive women. The researchers discovered a link between prenatal Polyfluoroalkyl Substances exposure and late-onset preeclampsia.
"The main goal of this article was to try to provide information for scientists that are looking to do similar studies," said Cantonwine. "Replicating and validating these results can help inform us about how toxicants like PFAS impact maternal health, hopefully leading to relevant policy changes."
- Excess protein in the urine (proteinuria) or other signs of kidney problems
- Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
- Elevated liver enzymes that indicate liver problems
- HELLP syndrome
- Severe headaches
- Changes in vision, including temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or light sensitivity
- Shortness of breath, caused by fluid in the lungs
- Pain in the upper belly, usually under the ribs on the right side
- Nausea or vomiting
What are Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances?
Perfluoroalkyl substances, sometimes referred to as "forever chemicals," are long-lasting, human-made substances known to pollute the drinking water supplies of many communities.
The Biden administration recently announced that it will require manufacturers to publicly report on per-and polyfluoroalkyl substance levels found in household items.
While scientists recognize their potential toxicity, they have yet to understand exactly how exactly these substances impact human health.
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Where are Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Found?
- Food packaged in polyfluoroalkyl substances-contaminated materials, processed with equipment that used polyfluoroalkyl substances, or grown in polyfluoroalkyl substances-contaminated water.
- Commercial household products, including stain- and water-repellent fabrics, nonstick products (e.g., Teflon), polishes, waxes, paints, cleaning products, and fire-fighting foams.
- Workplace, including production facilities or industries (e.g., chrome plating, electronics manufacturing process, oil recovery, paper mill) that use forever chemicals.
- Drinking water supplies, e.g. landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and firefighter training facilities.
- Living organisms, including fish, animals, and humans.
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