November 2019 Spotlight

PROTECT Study links common chemicals to preterm births in Puerto Rico

PROTECT researchers have identified an association between exposure to chemicals found in many common consumer products and a shorter duration of pregnancy, thus increasing the risk of preterm birth. More specifically, the scientists found that higher urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites in pregnant women within the first 36 weeks of pregnancy translated into a 42% greater chance of giving birth preterm compared with other women with lower exposure rates. Preterm birth is a global concern primarily occurring in resource-poor regions[1], and Puerto Rico not only has one of the highest rates in the United States but is among the highest in the world at 11.5% in 2017, according to the March of Dimes.

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PEPH Annual Meeting – February 12-14, 2020 | Durham, NC

PROTECT Retreat – February 21-22, 2020 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

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