about this participant:

Cord Blood Sample 14, from USA, participated in the 2009 biomonitoring investigation entitled "Pollution in Minority Newborns." She gave cord blood for the study on October 1, 2008.

Location:

USA

Participant's groups:

In Utero/newborn

Study:

Pollution in Minority Newborns

Sample Date:

October 1, 2008



health & safety concerns:
chemicals found in this person
Brain and nervous system94
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)80
Reproduction and fertility21
Birth defects and developmental delays7
Gastrointestinal (including liver)5
Cancer2
Hematologic (blood) system2
Biochemical effects1



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Participant: Cord Blood Sample 14
Found 90-111 of 383 tested chemicals

Cord Blood Sample 14's cord blood contained 90-111 of 383 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, immune system toxicity, and reproductive toxicity and fertility problems.

Summary of chemicals found in Cord Blood Sample 14

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Bisphenol Ahigh Polycarbonate plastics, food can linings, dental sealants
Brominated dioxins & furansmoderateImmune system (including sensitization and allergies) Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish
Chlorinated dioxins & furansmoderateImmune system (including sensitization and allergies), Birth defects and developmental delays Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish
Leadlow Lead-based paint in older homes, household dust, vinyl products, tap water
MercuryhighBrain and nervous system Seafood, flu shots/vaccines, dental fillings
Methylmercurymoderate Dietary sources, particularly seafood
PerchloratehighHematologic (blood) system, Birth defects and developmental delays Contaminated food and drinking water
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)lowBirth defects and developmental delays, Cancer, Endocrine system Stain- and grease-proof coatings on food packaging, couches, carpets, pans
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)lowReproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)moderateBrain and nervous system, Immune system (including sensitization and allergies) Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish
Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)moderateGastrointestinal (including liver) Dietary sources, fatty meat, dairy and fish

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

bisphenol a & badge

1 of 1 found

Detected in polycarbonate plastic, dental sealants, and resins that line metal cans. Linked to hormone disruption, birth defects, cancer with effects at very low doses.

  • level found: 8.5 ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum
  • High vs 51 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (99th %ile)
0ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum8.61


brominated dioxins & furans

2 of 12 found — see each chemical

Contaminants in flame retardants, pollutants from plastics. May harm hormone system.

  • cumulative level found: 313 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • High vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (92nd %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (56th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
0pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1440


Total Brominated dioxins & furans

chlorinated dioxins & furans

4 of 17 found — see each chemical

Pollutants from PVC production, industrial bleaching, and incineration. Cause cancer and may harm hormone system.

  • cumulative level found: 59.3 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (33rd %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (45th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
5pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum1860


Total Chlorinated dioxins & furans

metals

3 of 3 found

Neurotoxic heavy metal linked to IQ deficits and behavioral problems. Found in dust from chipping lead paint in older homes, and in some tap water.

  • level found: 0.304 ug/dL (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Low vs 71 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (5th %ile)
  • Low vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (7th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
0.222ug/dL (wet weight) in whole blood4.7


Mercury is used in dental fillings and to preserve vaccines; it is also a common pollutant in seafood. Mercury harms brain development and function.

  • level found: 1.45 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 40 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (48th %ile)
  • High vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (78th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
7.0E-5ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood12


Forms from mercury, a pollutant from coal-fired power plants and other sources. Methylmercury accumulates in seafood and harms brain development and function.

  • level found: 1.15 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 88 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (38th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (71st %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
0ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood25.9


perchlorate

1 of 1 found

Explosive component of solid rocket and missile fuel. Widespread contaminant of food, drinking water, and people. Disrupts thyroid hormones, particularly in women with lower iodide intake; may harm brain development.

  • level found: 0.33 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • High vs 10 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (90th %ile)
0ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood0.6


perfluorochemicals (pfcs)

3 of 13 found — see each chemical

Includes Teflon, Scotchgard, Stainmaster. Linked to cancer and birth defects.

  • cumulative level found: 2.32 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Low vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (18th %ile)
0.736ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood27.8


Total Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

17-20 of 46 found — see each chemical

Fire retardants in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulate in human tissues. May harm brain development.

  • cumulative level found: 7.08 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Low vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (15th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (15th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
1.11ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs)

55-72 of 209 found — see each chemical

Banned industrial insulators and lubricants. Cause cancer and nervous system problems.

  • cumulative level found: 18 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (32nd %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (43rd %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
2.95ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum600


Total Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

polychlorinated naphthalenes (pcns)

4-5 of 70 found — see each chemical

Wood preservatives, varnishes, machine lubricating oils, waste incineration. Cause liver and kidney damage.

  • cumulative level found: 0.52 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (40th %ile)
0.0743ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.43


Total Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)

Chemicals not found in Cord Blood Sample 14

272 chemicals

1,2,3,4,7,8-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,7,8-PeBDF (pentafuran), 2,3,4,7,8-PeBDF (pentafuran), 2,3,7,8-TBDF (tetrafuran), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OBDF (octafuran), 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,7,8,9-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,7,8-PeBDD (pentadioxin), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OBDD (octadioxin), 2,3,7,8-TBDD (tetradioxin), Tetrabromobisphenol A, 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDF (hexafuran), 2,3,7,8-TCDD (tetradioxin), 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDD (pentadioxin), 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,4,7,8,9-HpCDF (heptafuran), 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDD (hexadioxin), 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran), 2,3,4,6,7,8-HxCDF (hexafuran), 1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDF (hexafuran), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDF (heptafuran), 2,3,7,8-TCDF (tetrafuran), 1,2,3,7,8-PeCDF (pentafuran), Celestolide, Traseolide, Phantolide, Tonalide, Musk tibetene, Musk xylene, Musk moskene, Galaxolide, Cashmeran, Musk ketone, PFOSA (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), PFUnA (Perfluoroundecanoic acid), PFBA (Perfluorobutyric acid), PFPeA (Perfluoro-n-pentanoic acid), PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid), PFHpA (Perfluoroheptanoic acid), PFDoA (Perfluorododecanoic acid), PFDA (Perfluorodecanoic acid), PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate), PFHxS (Perfluorohexanesulfonate), PBDE-181, PBDE-208, PBDE-128, PBDE-207, PBDE-206, PBDE-85, PBDE-209, PBDE-51, PBDE-10, PBDE-126, PBDE-77, PBDE-35, PBDE-11, PBDE-37, PBDE-13, PBDE-12, PBDE-8, PBDE-7, PBDE-119, PBDE-105, PBDE-116, PBDE-71, PBDE-120, PBDE-75, PBDE-30, PBDE-32, PCB-67, PCB-68, PCB-76, PCB-124, PCB-63, PCB-61, PCB-115, PCB-21, PCB-112, PCB-165, PCB-111, PCB-164, PCB-106, PCB-125, PCB-62, PCB-69, PCB-200, PCB-131, PCB-197, PCB-207, PCB-40, PCB-16, PCB-10, PCB-27, PCB-30, PCB-32, PCB-73, PCB-65, PCB-72, PCB-71, PCB-132, PCB-101, PCB-87, PCB-95, PCB-78, PCB-74, PCB-70, PCB-60, PCB-66, PCB-64, PCB-44, PCB-47, PCB-49, PCB-52, PCB-28, PCB-110, PCB-151, PCB-149, PCB-94, PCB-93, PCB-92, PCB-43, PCB-98, PCB-140, PCB-139, PCB-182, PCB-181, PCB-41, PCB-89, PCB-174, PCB-141, PCB-18, PCB-24, PCB-77, PCB-126, PCB-169, PCB-79, PCB-127, PCB-36, PCB-80, PCB-37, PCB-81, PCB-38, PCB-14, PCB-39, PCB-192, PCB-162, PCB-159, PCB-122, PCB-31, PCB-29, PCB-75, PCB-109, PCB-57, PCB-58, PCB-113, PCB-161, PCB-59, PCB-22, PCB-25, PCB-33, PCB-119, PCB-120, PCB-23, PCB-121, PCB-26, PCB-34, PCB-7, PCB-108, PCB-107, PCB-176, PCB-150, PCB-145, PCB-188, PCB-148, PCB-186, PCB-147, PCB-142, PCB-144, PCB-97, PCB-86, PCB-90, PCB-184, PCB-204, PCB-136, PCB-42, PCB-84, PCB-135, PCB-152, PCB-96, PCB-53, PCB-19, PCB-54, PCB-5, PCB-6, PCB-20, PCB-55, PCB-56, PCB-104, PCB-50, PCB-17, PCB-154, PCB-100, PCB-155, PCB-102, PCB-48, PCB-103, PCN-53, PCN-27, PCN-67, PCN-68, PCN-51, PCN-69, PCN-52, PCN-50, PCN-66, PCN-49, PCN-65, PCN-64, PCN-73, PCN-75, PCN-74, PCN-14, PCN-28, PCN-10, PCN-20, PCN-45, PCN-44, PCN-19, PCN-43, PCN-42, PCN-3, PCN-18, PCN-17, PCN-41, PCN-21, PCN-22, PCN-26, PCN-48, PCN-9, PCN-25, PCN-6, PCN-5, PCN-24, PCN-47, PCN-23, PCN-46, PCN-16, PCN-39, PCN-72, PCN-57, PCN-71, PCN-13, PCN-31, PCN-30, PCN-56, PCN-29, PCN-55, PCN-54, PCN-58, PCN-59, PCN-15, PCN-37, PCN-36, PCN-35, PCN-34, PCN-62, PCN-33, PCN-61, PCN-60, PCN-32, PCN-70

References/Notes

[1] CDC (2005). National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/. (Methylmercury results have been compared to total mercury in CDC biomonitoring.)

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