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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alpha-BHC was found in 10 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 49.0 to 306.7 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 3 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations ranging from 87.2 to 209.0 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About alpha-BHC
CAS RN319-84-6
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
UsesLindane breakdown product, no commercial uses

Priority Health Concerns for alpha-BHC
Health Concern or Target OrganWeight of Evidence
CancerProbable Effects

References for Health Effects

Suspected Health Concerns for alpha-BHC
Stomach Or Intestines, Immune System, Brain, Nervous System

References for Health Effects