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05 July 2011

Coal fumes linked to birth defects

Parents who inhale coal smoke at home may put their babies at increased risk of birth defects, new research shows.

Parents who inhale coal smoke at home may put their babies at increased risk of birth defects, Chinese researchers say.

 "The indoor air pollution caused by coal and biomass burning at home is a major public health concern, especially given the very large numbers of households that rely on these fuels" said Dr Beate Ritz, epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the new study.

 
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