A review of the effects of hazardous waste on reproductive health

A review of the effects of hazardous waste on reproductive health Approximately 1 in 4 Americans lives within 4 miles of a hazardous waste site according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In light of this large proportion and the public’s high level of concern that hazardous waste causes health problems, it is important for primary care physicians and other health care providers to know that residential proximity to some kinds of hazardous waste sites is associated with adverse reproductive effects. Findings from both state-based surveillance programs and studies of individual hazardous waste sites have shown increased risk of congenital malformations and reductions in birth weight among infants born to parents living near hazardous waste sites. This article summarizes salient literature on human health effects of hazardous waste and suggests actions for primary care providers to consider. (Am J Obstet Gynecol 1999;180:S12-S16.) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Wolters Kluwer Health

A review of the effects of hazardous waste on reproductive health

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Wolters Kluwer Health
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 Mosby, Inc.
ISSN
0002-9378
DOI
10.1016/S0002-9378(99)70466-7
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Abstract

Approximately 1 in 4 Americans lives within 4 miles of a hazardous waste site according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In light of this large proportion and the public’s high level of concern that hazardous waste causes health problems, it is important for primary care physicians and other health care providers to know that residential proximity to some kinds of hazardous waste sites is associated with adverse reproductive effects. Findings from both state-based surveillance programs and studies of individual hazardous waste sites have shown increased risk of congenital malformations and reductions in birth weight among infants born to parents living near hazardous waste sites. This article summarizes salient literature on human health effects of hazardous waste and suggests actions for primary care providers to consider. (Am J Obstet Gynecol 1999;180:S12-S16.)

Journal

American Journal of Obstetrics and GynecologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jul 1, 1999

References

  • Health effects of a thorium waste disposal site
    Najem, GR; Voyce, L

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