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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Fluoranthene was found in 5 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 12.2 to 19.9 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 10.0 to 21.3 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

PAHs are toxic byproduct of combustion. Humans exposed through air or diet. Probable carcinogens. In animals cause birth defects, affect skin, blood, reproductive and immune systems.

About Fluoranthene *
CAS RN206-44-0
Chemical ClassPolyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
Chemical functionsamino groups detector, conductor, corrosion resister, emitter, heat resister
May be found in the following types of productsAnti-corrosion materials, Corrosion inhibitors
Usesintermediate for fluorescent dyes, pharmaceuticals, and agrichemicals

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

Suspected Health Concerns for Fluoranthene
Stomach Or Intestines

References for Health Effects