88 pollutants were found in children’s hair in Luxembourg

Chemicals and pesticides.. Luxembourg children’s hair contains up to 88 pollutants according to the results of the first study conducted by the Luxembourg Institute for Health (LIH) on the subject in the country.

Staying kids can always double up on shampoo, unfortunately it won’t do anything. Conducted exclusively on young people under the age of 13 who live in the Grand Duchy, the LIH Study is a pioneering study in this field and is an official study: Luxembourg children’s hair contains traces of pollutants Indicates significant exposure to these products.

What are we talking about?

Very concretely, Professor Brice Appenzeller and his team, from the Luxembourg Institute of Health, analyzed the hair 256 resident youth Luxembourg in order to paint a picture of the various pollutants to which they are regularly exposed.

The large number of pollutants detected shows that children, like adults, are simultaneously exposed to multiple pollutants from different chemical families. ‘ , explains Bryce Appenzeller.

Behind this ‘state of play’ for our dear ones, was the challenge of studying above all else” Identify the primary sources of these pollutants “with a purpose” FromEstablish preventive measures This limits children’s proximity to these hazardous materials.”

Contaminated pollutants

Once the hair samples were collected, the scientists examined the various contaminants they contained. Of the 153 pollutants tested, 136 were found in the samples !

Even worse, the hair of children who lent themselves to the experiment will contain 61 polluting compounds on average, and up to 88 in some young adults. Various types of pollutants such as pesticides and chemicals (PCB, decaBDE, and BPA), such as BPA, are frequently used in the plastics industry.

Although POPs have been banned for twenty years in Europe, the fact that they are found in Luxembourgian children’s hair attests to the longevity of these products.

Tolerances by profile

The results of the LIH study have highlighted some uniqueness according to the different features of young “guinea pigs”, whether according to gender or even living areas.

Thus, for example, boys will be more exposed to non-permanent pesticides than girls, while children who live in accommodations where a pet lives will be more exposed to chemicals (because they are in pest control products). like that, Statistically significant differences Also observed Between the young city dwellers and the rural dwellers.

But by the way, why do we analyze hair? The answer is very simple: unlike urine or blood,Hair is able to store chemicals for longer. Very useful specifically for studying the effects of chronic exposure to pollutants.

Exposure to which, as a reminder, can lead to various neurological diseases, hormonal disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, developmental problems, as well as cancer and obesity.

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