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Child health, INMA project priority

Wednesday, November 21th, 2012

Child health, INMA project priority

As a part of the 10th Scientific Sessions INMA 2012, this research project offered a public roundtable last week at the Cosmocaixa of Barcelona where they discussed about the levels of exposure to various toxic compounds during pregnancy and childhood and their possible effects on children's health.

According to the researchers, the fetus shares the exposure and the cumulative burden of pollutants in the body of the mother and many environmental chemicals are transferred to the newborn via their diet, including breast milk, and other sources of exposure. In addition, during the first years of life, cell differentiation and organ development and follow a particular sequence in certain moments are created for specific functions mature organism, and these special moments of vulnerability to attacks from outside contaminants.

Note that the pre-natal and early years of life are critical for brain development. Therefore, the INMA project director and CREAL joint scientific director, Dr. Jordi Sunyer, remarked that "the brain is that we see best human susceptibility to various factors, taking into account that the most vulnerable time is the early of life."

Dr. Joan Grimalt, IDAEA-CSIC researcher, added that "pregnancy is a critical time as it can be the source of disease in adult life." Instead, Dr. Marieta Fernández, a researcher at the University of Granada and University Hospital San Cecilio, said her goal is to establish a causal relation ‘pollutants-effects on health’.


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