Arsenic may interfere with pregnancy and children’s health

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

“Arsenic is a reproductive toxicant,” said Molly Kile, Sc.D. , from Oregon State University (OSU), during a May 28 talk in the NIEHS Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series.

Compared with other women and babies, pregnant women exposed to arsenic gained less weight during pregnancy, and their babies were born earlier. Research led by Kile showed that together, these conditions indirectly reduced birthweight.

Kile studies potential health effects of early life exposure to arsenic by following a large group of women in Bangladesh during their pregnancies and tracking health conditions that they and their children experience over time.

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