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'Exposure to arsenic increase risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes' - 13 April 03

Chronic arsenic exposure through drinking water has the potential to cause adverse pregnancy outcomes, the weekly meeting of Green Force under the auspices of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) was told yesterday. Green Force, a BAPA-backed forum of young environment researchers, held the meeting at T.S.C. seminar room. Eight young researchers from home and abroad presented the keynote papers on "Chronic Arsenic Exposure and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Bangladesh." The researchers were Abul Hasnat Milton, Bayzidur Rahman, Ziaul Hasan, Umme Kulsum, Azhar Ali Pramanik, M Rakibuddin, Keith Dear and Wayne Smith.

The study by young researchers was conducted over 533 married, non-smoking females of reproductive age ranging from 15 to 49 years with the mean age of 31.22 years with a history of at least one pregnancy. They were studied to determine the association between chronic arsenic exposure through drinking water and spontaneous abortion, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Excess risks for spontaneous abortion, stillbirth and neonatal death were observed among the participants exposed to increasing concentrations of arsenic in drinking water, after adjusting for participant's education, age at marriage, antenatal care and parity. The study finding further largely suggested that chronic arsenic exposure can increase the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. (The Independent)



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