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EaRTH Center Series: Suspect Screening and Chemical Exposures in Pregnant Women

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Please join us to hear from Dr. Dimitri Abrahamsson regarding his latest publication, Suspect Screening, Prioritization, and Confirmation of Environmental Chemicals in Maternal-Newborn Pairs from San Francisco. Dr. Abrahamsson and his fellow researchers from UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment used new technology to detect 109 chemicals in pregnant women and newborns, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 “mystery chemicals,” whose sources and uses are unknown.

The 109 chemicals researchers found in the blood samples from pregnant women and their newborns are found in many different types of products: 40 are used as plasticizers, 28 in cosmetics, 25 in consumer products, 29 as pharmaceuticals, 23 as pesticides, 3 as flame retardants, and 7 are PFAS compounds, which are used in carpeting, upholstery, and other applications. The researchers say it’s possible there are also other uses for these chemicals.

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