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Solvent exposure of pregnant woman examined

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TORONTO, Oct 04, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Children of mothers exposed to organic solvents during their pregnancies had lower scores on certain tests, a University of Toronto study found.

Dionne Laslo-Baker compared the cognitive, language and motor skills and behavioral achievements of 32 children -- ages 3 to 9, whose mothers were occupationally exposed to organic solvents during pregnancy to a matched control group.

The children in the two groups did not differ in birth weight, gestational age or age at achieving certain behavioral milestones -- none had major malformations or neurological deficits.

The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, found after controlling for potential confounding factors such as maternal IQ and maternal education, children whose mothers were exposed to organic solvents obtained lower scores on subtests of intellectual, language, motor and neurobehavioral functioning.

Organic solvents, some of the most common sources of workplace chemical exposure, are used in numerous industries including: dry cleaning, manufacturing, jobs involving paints and plastic adhesives, nail salons and medical laboratories.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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