A preliminary study on assessing body burden of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in infants through analysis of faeces

Chen, Y.Q., Li, Y., Toms, L-M., Gallen, M., Hearn, L., Sly, P., & Mueller, J. (2013) A preliminary study on assessing body burden of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in infants through analysis of faeces. In International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants, 25-30 August 2013, Daegu, South Korea.

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Most persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a range of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) are readily absorbed (via the ingestion and inhalation) and accumulate in fatty tissue, including adipose tissue and human milk [1]. Health effects related to exposure to these chemicals may include neurological effects, altered functioning of the nervous system and/or endocrine disruption [2-4]. The burden of environmental disease is recognized as much higher for children than adults, especially in young children under 5 years of age worldwide [5]. There is increased concern regarding the environmental impact on the health of children who have been disproportionately affected by environmental problems. For example they may be subjected to relatively higher exposure, have greater physiological susceptibility and/or suffer more extreme consequences due to growth [6-9]. It is therefore worthwhile to assess the correlation between burden of disease and exposure to xenobiotic chemical pollutants like POPs. Such assessment may provide guidance for legislative changes regarding chemical bans and give reliable advice to parents including lactating mothers.

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ID Code: 67422
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: persistent organic pollutants, faeces, childhood exposure
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2014 23:31
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 01:59

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