“The goal is to have 1,000 adults and 300 children partake in the study. We’re somewhere around close to 300 adults and a little over 30 children,” said Robert Laumbach, of Rutgers University, who’s directing the New Jersey operations of a multi-site study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Paulsboro was one of eight sites chosen across the country due to the high levels of “forever chemicals” (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) found in the municipal drinking water system in 2009 and 2013, the result of a local industrial source. For decades, PFAS have been used in the production of items such as certain cosmetics, grease-resistant products, and firefighting foam.
The blood of study participants will not only be tested for the presence of PFAS, Laumbach said. It’ll be analyzed for certain health measures as well, including cholesterol, thyroid and liver function, and immune system markers.
Visit Paulsboro Health Study page for more information about the study.
(Source: Dino Flammia – NJ 101.5 – Spetmber 14, 2022)
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