Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

The Pollution in Newborns

July 14, 2005

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

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Anthracene was found in 5 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 11.9 to 23.2 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 9.4 to 11.9 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About Anthracene *
CAS RN120-12-7
Chemical ClassPolyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
May be found in the following types of productsAnti-corrosion materials, chemical industry, Corrosion inhibitors, intermediates, used in synthesis
Usessolvent, making dyes, diluent for wood preservatives, scintillant
ManufacturersKoppers Ind.

* Information may include trade names, manufacturers, and products for other chemicals in the Polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) class.

Suspected Health Concerns for Anthracene
Hormone System, Stomach Or Intestines, Skin

References for Health Effects