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Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and UCLA tested blood from 1,400 pregnant women in a Danish birth registry and found that babies of women with high perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) levels were 175 grams lighter than those born to mothers in the lowest exposure level.
Animal tests have previously linked both PFOA and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to cancer and developmental problems.
“This is a chemical that we don’t know very much about with regard to its long-term effects in humans,” said co-author Joseph McLaughlin, Ph.D., a Vanderbilt epidemiologist.