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New Research Links Another Pesticide to Birth Defects

Some causes of birth defect are difficult to precisely root out. It often takes years of careful analysis, clear sighted research, and close scrutiny before conclusive statements can be made about a particular cause of certain medical problems. However, once that cause has been found, it is incumbent upon all those in a position to do something about it to actually take action. Similarly, even if research is still being conducted to more clearly support a certain conclusion, those involved can take preventative measure to properly account for the risks that a certain product, action, or circumstance can affect the proper development of a child.

For example, this weekend Max Health discussed new research which is leading many scientists to conclude that a wide range of environmental pollutants increase the chance that children will be born some medical problems, such as autism. The new data was released jointly by researchers based out of the University of Texas and Peking University. Many scientists involved believe that the soon there will be enough data to show that autism is primarily caused by environmental pollutants alone. For decades experts have been searching to determine the precise causes of a variety of problems affecting children from birth like autism.

This latest study did not focus solely on autism. In addition, those involved examined incident rates of spina bifida and anencephaly. Both problems are related to neural tube defects. Spina bifidia results from a lack of fusion of the spinal cord while anencephaly leads to absence of part of the brain. Children can live for a time with spina bifida, though most infants born with anencephaly typically die at birth. In this latest study, researchers examined of a wide range of birth defects on their potential connection to parental exposure to certain nearby pollutants. Researchers measured mothers based on a variety of factors, including their proximity to sites with known high pollution levels and measurements in their placenta for high concentration of two pesticides-endosulfan and lindane.

Overall, researchers found a strong link between exposure to these pollutants and incidents of spina bifida and anencephaly. The two pollutants measured here had been used in the United States for years. However, both have very recently been banned. Endosulfan is an organochlorine pesticide similar to DDT. Lindane is still used to treat lice and scabies, but it can no longer be used for agricultural purposes.

Our Illinois birth defect attorney knows that this and similar research may have important effects on future birth injury lawsuits related to these toxins. As the lead researcher in the study explained, “we’ve suspected for a while that some of these pollutants are related to an increase in birth defects, but we haven’t always had to evidence to show it.” With the evidence building, more options may be open for those whose families have been victimized by exposure to these products. We urge all those in our area who suspect that outside products may have been involved in a birth defect, to contact our office to learn how the legal system may allow them to receive compensation for the losses that they have suffered as a result of the injury.

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