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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Fluorene was found in 5 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 22.8 to 42.1 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 14.0 to 25.9 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About Fluorene *
CAS RN86-73-7
Chemical ClassPolyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
Chemical functionsoxidizing agent
Usesmanufacturing fluorenone, solvent, used in production of dyes, pigments, pesticides, thermoset plastic and pharmaceuticals
ManufacturersKoppers Ind.

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

Suspected Health Concerns for Fluorene
Stomach Or Intestines

References for Health Effects