Variability in urinary phthalate metabolite levels across pregnancy and sensitive windows of exposure for the risk of preterm birth.

@article{Ferguson2014VariabilityIU,
  title={Variability in urinary phthalate metabolite levels across pregnancy and sensitive windows of exposure for the risk of preterm birth.},
  author={Kelly K Ferguson and Thomas F Mcelrath and Yi-An Ko and Bhramar Mukherjee and John D Meeker},
  journal={Environment international},
  year={2014},
  volume={70},
  pages={118-24}
}
BACKGROUND Preterm birth is a significant public health problem, affecting over 1 in 10 live births and contributing largely to infant mortality and morbidity. Everyday exposure to environmental chemicals such as phthalates could contribute to prematurity, and may be modifiable. In the present study we examine variability in phthalate exposure across gestation and identify windows of susceptibility for the relationship with preterm birth. METHODS Women were recruited early in pregnancy as… CONTINUE READING
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