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Link between chlorine byproducts and pregnancy risks

by Medindia Content Team on  January 19, 2002 at 3:59 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Link between chlorine byproducts and pregnancy risks
Millions of Americans have been drinking tap water contaminated with chemical byproducts from chlorine. Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect drinking water. When it is added to water that contains organic matter such as runoff from farms or lawns, however, it can form compounds such as chloroform that can cause illness.
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The study released by the Environmental Working Group and Public Interest Research Groups identified areas that may have increased health risks including miscarriage, neural tube defects and reduced fetal growth from women drinking chlorination byproducts.

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