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Birth defects linked to solvent exposures
Exposure to organic solvents during pregnancy increases the risk of certain types of birth defects, a new study indicates. Researchers found mothers with greater exposure were 4 to 12 times more likely to have babies with oral clefts than mothers with less exposure. Metabolites of two large classes of organic solvents - glycol ethers and chlorinated solvents - were linked to occupational use of cleaners and cosmetics in jobs such as hairdressers, chemists and nurses. Exposures at work are commonplace as solvents are present in many paints, adhesives, glues, coatings and are used as degreasing and...

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