Preemies May Be Exposed To High Levels Of Phthalates In The NICU

November 13, 2014 9:00 PM

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Preemies May Be Exposed To High Levels Of Phthalates In The NICU

Parents with a premature baby in the neonatal intensive care unit don't need one more thing to worry about. But researchers say that plasticizers used in medical equipment may pose unique risks to very small babies.

The chemical DEHP is used to make catheters, endotracheal tubes and other medical equipment soft and pliable. It and other phthalates have been found to affect growth and development in animal studies. But the doctors at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who conducted this review say t...

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