UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
Tracey Woodruff, PhD, Director of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, speaks about the results of a study on chemicals in pregnant women published in "Environmental Health Perspectives."
A new study from researchers at the University of California –San Francisco found for the first time that virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products, such as non-stick cookware, food and beverage cans, cleaning and personal care products. Lead author Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, director of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, told Time Magazine, "We looked at data on 163 chemicals and found that many of them are present in virtually all pregnant women."
In UCSF’s release about the study, Woodruff said, "It was surprising and concerning to find so many chemicals in pregnant women without fully knowing the implications for pregnancy."