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    :: Friday, September 29, 2006 ::

    Solvent Exposure Linked To Birth Defects In Babies Of Male Painters Source: University of Alberta
    The study focused on questionnaires filled out by a random sample of 398 painters exposed to a mixture of chemicals present in organic solvents and 302 carpenters with little or no exposure, in the period of three months before the last pregnancy. Workers employed as painters three months before their partners became pregnant were on average six times more likely than the carpenters to father congenitally malformed babies (e.g. defects of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, urogenital and central nervous systems.)

    In addition, the painters exposed to the chemicals were 50 to 100 per cent more likely to produce low birth-weight babies, depending on the level of exposure, compared to unexposed carpenters.

    The researchers are unsure of how the chemicals are contributing to birth defects, and previous studies are inconclusive.
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