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Nighttime work linked to miscarriage

Posted - Nov. 16, 2004 at 3:40 p.m.



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AARHUS, Denmark, Nov 16, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Danish study has found women who worked fixed nighttime hours while pregnant were more likely to suffer miscarriages.

Jin Liang Zhu of the Danish Epidemiology Research Centre, Aarhus, Denmark, used data from a Danish nationwide study to identify about 42,000 women who worked while pregnant. Nearly 34,000 women worked daytime hours only, while approximately 3,300 worked rotating shifts including night shifts. About 400 women worked fixed nighttime hours.

The risk of miscarriage was 85 percent higher for women who worked a fixed night shift compared to day workers after adjusting for other factors. The reasons are unknown; but the researchers said increased estrogen levels related to night work might play a role.

The results show no effect of working rotating shifts or evening shifts on the risk of miscarriage.

The findings are published in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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