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DDT linked to miscarriages

2:14pm, November 9, 2004

From New Orleans, at the e.hormone 2004 conference

Although production and use of DDT have been banned throughout most of the world for decades, people continue to carry the pesticide's residues in their bodies. That's a concern because animal studies have shown that DDT can mimic the action of some hormones and derail the normal development of reproductive tissues (SN: 2/5/00, p. 87: Available to subscribers at DDT treatment turns male fish into mothers). A new study conducted in China's rural Anhui province indicates that at DDT concentrations present in young women there, the pesticide can not only affect menstrual cycles, but also can foster miscarriages in the first few weeks of pregnancy.

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