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Study Links Higher Prenatal Phthalates Exposure to Motor, Behavioral Problems

1:48 PM MDT | September 12, 2011 | Kara Sissell

A study by researchers at Columbia University links prenatal exposure to certain phthalates with a significant decrease in children’s motor and behavioral function at age 3. The study’s results were published recently in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study indicates higher prenatal exposure to phthalates can increase the odds of developmental problems by as much as one third. Researchers tested 319 pregnant inner-city women, who delivered between 1999-2006, and tested their children for behavioral and motor function problems at age three...

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