Sunday, May 22, 2016

Birth defects and pollution: Study on IBM out next week

When a federal study on pollution’s relationship to birth defects in Endicott is released next week, it will be packed with research terms such as "risk factors," "statistical significance" and others reflecting the tools of epidemiology.

Like the researchers, former Endicott residents Tiah and Kevin Every are drawn to the same health mystery — but their quest for answers is more personal.

Their son, Deron, was born in 2003 with a malformed heart, requiring open heart surgery as an infant. At 12, he survived a heart attack, a stroke and more major operations.

The Everys plan to be in the audience at a community meeting Thursday to hear a team of federal scientists report results of a long-awaited study addressing a pressing question: Are women who worked at a factory in the heart of Endicott more likely to give birth to babies with heart defects?

Findings from the study focus on Endicott, but they could have a national impact on research examining the relationship between birth defects and pollution from trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial solvent broadly used by a generation of manufacturing nationwide.  (more...)

Head's up, Don Mills residents and former residents.


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