More Health Harms from PFOA Found
New studies have came out recently that show more harmful effects of PFOA exposure on mothers and their children.
Four studies that have been conducted by Harvard researchers and other leading journals to look into highly fluorinated chemicals such as PFOA.
“These chemicals have some of the strongest bonds in the periodic table, and they basically never break down, so they stay around for millions of years,” said Arlene Blum from the University of California, Berkeley-based Green Science Policy Institute.
Several kinds of cancer, high cholesterol and obesity are some of the harmful health effects associated with PFOA exposure.
It was also found that young children who are exposed to the chemical PFOA have a reduced immune response to vaccinations. Furthermore, as children grow older, they may experience other problems such as more colds and upset stomachs.
Another study discovered that women who had high levels of PFOA in their blood were not able to breastfeed as long as other women.
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