about this participant:

Cord Blood Sample 18, 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
Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)114
Brain and nervous system114
Birth defects and developmental delays18
Reproduction and fertility16
Gastrointestinal (including liver)12
Endocrine system3
Hematologic (blood) system2
Cancer2



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Participant: Cord Blood Sample 18
Found 115-150 of 383 tested chemicals

Cord Blood Sample 18's cord blood contained 115-150 of 383 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to immune system toxicity, brain and nervous system toxicity, and birth defects and developmental delays.

Summary of chemicals found in Cord Blood Sample 18

chemical family level found health effects exposure routes
Bisphenol Amoderate Polycarbonate plastics, food can linings, dental sealants
Brominated Fire Retardanthigh
Chlorinated dioxins & furanshighImmune 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
MercurymoderateBrain and nervous system Seafood, flu shots/vaccines, dental fillings
Methylmercurymoderate Dietary sources, particularly seafood
Nitro- and polycylic- muskshighEndocrine system Cosmetics, perfumes, cleaning agents, detergents, soaps
PerchloratemoderateHematologic (blood) system, Birth defects and developmental delays Contaminated food and drinking water
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)moderateBirth 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)lowGastrointestinal (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: 0.946 ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 51 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (75th %ile)
0ng/mL (wet weight) in blood serum8.61


brominated fire retardant

1 of 1 found — see each chemical

Brominated Fire Retardant

  • cumulative level found: 2780 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • High vs 17 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (89th %ile)
0ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3210


Total Brominated Fire Retardant

chlorinated dioxins & furans

15 of 17 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 661 pg/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • High vs 34 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (83rd %ile)
  • High vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (94th %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: 0.225 ug/dL (wet weight) in whole blood [B]
  • Low vs 71 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (3rd %ile)
  • Low vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (6th %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: 0.71 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 40 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (40th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (56th %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: 0.55 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 88 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (27th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 8,373 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (44th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
0ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood25.9


nitro- and polycylic- musks

2 of 10 found — see each chemical

Fragrance ingredients. Build up in human tissues. May harm hormone system.

  • cumulative level found: 2 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • High vs 10 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (90th %ile)
0ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood2.74


Total Nitro- and polycylic- musks

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: 0.19 ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 10 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (70th %ile)
0ug/L (wet weight) in whole blood0.6


perfluorochemicals (pfcs)

4 of 13 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 5.72 ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood
  • Moderate vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (61st %ile)
0.736ng/g (wet weight) in whole blood27.8


Total Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

13-15 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: 3.05 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Low vs 116 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (7th %ile)
  • Low vs 2,337 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (14th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
1.11ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs)

69-97 of 209 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 30.3 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Moderate vs 35 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (55th %ile)
  • Moderate vs 4,821 tested in CDC biomonitoring [1] (46th %ile) (comparison based on congeners tested by CDC)
2.95ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum600


Total Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

polychlorinated naphthalenes (pcns)

6-11 of 70 found — see each chemical

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

  • cumulative level found: 0.377 ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum
  • Low vs 23 tested in EWG/Commonweal studies (22nd %ile)
0.0743ng/g (lipid weight) in blood serum3.43


Total Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)

Chemicals not found in Cord Blood Sample 18

233 chemicals

1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OBDF (octafuran), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpBDF (heptafuran), 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxBDF (hexafuran), 1,2,3,7,8-PeBDF (pentafuran), 2,3,4,7,8-PeBDF (pentafuran), 2,3,7,8-TBDF (tetrafuran), 1,2,3,4,7,8-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,6,7,8-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 1,2,3,7,8,9-HxBDD (hexadioxin), 2,3,7,8-TBDD (tetradioxin), 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-OBDD (octadioxin), 1,2,3,7,8-PeBDD (pentadioxin), 2,3,7,8-TCDD (tetradioxin), 2,3,7,8-TCDF (tetrafuran), Celestolide, Musk ketone, Cashmeran, Musk moskene, Musk xylene, Musk tibetene, Traseolide, Phantolide, PFBS (Perfluorobutane sulfonate), PFDA (Perfluorodecanoic acid), PFDoA (Perfluorododecanoic acid), PFHpA (Perfluoroheptanoic acid), PFHxA (Perfluorohexanoic acid), PFPeA (Perfluoro-n-pentanoic acid), PFUnA (Perfluoroundecanoic acid), PFBA (Perfluorobutyric acid), PFOSA (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), PBDE-51, PBDE-190, PBDE-105, PBDE-166, PBDE-119, PBDE-49, PBDE-99, PBDE-154, PBDE-85, PBDE-140, PBDE-138, PBDE-181, PBDE-128, PBDE-66, PBDE-116, PBDE-12, PBDE-13, PBDE-37, PBDE-11, PBDE-79, PBDE-35, PBDE-77, PBDE-126, PBDE-10, PBDE-120, PBDE-75, PBDE-30, PBDE-32, PBDE-7, PBDE-8, PBDE-71, PCB-32, PCB-10, PCB-16, PCB-40, PCB-73, PCB-27, PCB-65, PCB-72, PCB-71, PCB-69, PCB-62, PCB-125, PCB-82, PCB-131, PCB-132, PCB-148, PCB-186, PCB-142, PCB-97, PCB-184, PCB-86, PCB-204, PCB-136, PCB-42, PCB-134, PCB-176, PCB-188, PCB-124, PCB-41, PCB-89, PCB-174, PCB-141, PCB-87, PCB-95, PCB-78, PCB-64, PCB-44, PCB-47, PCB-49, PCB-181, PCB-182, PCB-143, PCB-68, PCB-67, PCB-21, PCB-112, PCB-165, PCB-111, PCB-164, PCB-106, PCB-94, PCB-93, PCB-98, PCB-52, PCB-88, PCB-77, PCB-31, PCB-29, PCB-75, PCB-7, PCB-24, PCB-34, PCB-26, PCB-121, PCB-23, PCB-120, PCB-119, PCB-33, PCB-9, PCB-35, PCB-126, PCB-169, PCB-79, PCB-127, PCB-36, PCB-80, PCB-37, PCB-81, PCB-38, PCB-39, PCB-14, PCB-15, PCB-25, PCB-22, PCB-145, PCB-53, PCB-104, PCB-50, PCB-103, PCB-102, PCB-48, PCB-155, PCB-100, PCB-96, PCB-152, PCB-150, PCB-91, PCB-54, PCB-5, PCB-59, PCB-58, PCB-57, PCB-161, PCB-192, PCB-162, PCB-159, PCB-122, PCB-6, PCB-55, PCB-56, PCB-107, PCB-108, PCN-51, PCN-69, PCN-53, PCN-70, PCN-54, PCN-55, PCN-29, PCN-56, PCN-30, PCN-31, PCN-68, PCN-67, PCN-21, PCN-75, PCN-73, PCN-74, PCN-64, PCN-65, PCN-49, PCN-66, PCN-50, PCN-27, PCN-13, PCN-71, PCN-57, PCN-44, PCN-45, PCN-20, PCN-22, PCN-23, PCN-47, PCN-24, PCN-5, PCN-6, PCN-25, PCN-9, PCN-1, PCN-48, PCN-26, PCN-10, PCN-19, PCN-42, PCN-3, PCN-72, PCN-58, PCN-59, PCN-32, PCN-61, PCN-62, PCN-35, PCN-14, PCN-36, PCN-15, PCN-39, PCN-16, PCN-41, PCN-17, PCN-18, PCN-2

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.)

[B] Peak found in sample and associated Lab Blank below the reporting limit.

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