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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Pyrene was found in 5 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 8.9 to 46.9 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 9.0 to 89.7 ng/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About Pyrene *
CAS RN129-00-0
Chemical ClassPolyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
May be found in the following types of productsAnti-corrosion materials, basic chemicals , basic industry, colouring agents, Corrosion inhibitors
Usesmanufacturing perinon pigments

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

Suspected Health Concerns for Pyrene
Brain, Nervous System, Skin

References for Health Effects