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As the authors conclude, these findings suggest that maternal exposure to dioxins such as TCCD in the environment produces damaging effects on the thyroid function of their babies "far apart in time from the initial exposure."
release date: 28-Jul-2008
Contact: Andrew Hyde
Public Library of Science
Long-lasting effects of the Seveso disaster on thyroid function in babies
Three decades after an accident at a chemical factory in Seveso, Italy in 1976, which resulted in exposure of a residential population to the most dangerous type of dioxin, newborn babies born to mothers living in the contaminated area at the time of the accident are over six times more likely to have altered thyroid function than those born to mothers in a non-contaminated area. The study finding these results is published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine
this week by Andrea Baccarelli (of the University of Milan) and colleagues from the United States and Italy.