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13 July 2011

Hurricanes raise foetal distress

Exposure to hurricanes while still in the womb may increase risk of foetal distress, which can cause long-range health problems after birth, new research reveals.

Exposure to hurricanes while still in the womb may increase risk of foetal distress, which can cause long-range health problems after birth, new research reveals.

"We observe noticeable spikes in the proportion of infants born distressed for all racial groups that correspond with the onset of Hurricane Andrew," study co-author Sammy Zahran, from Colorado State University's Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, said in a news release from the Society for Risk Analysis.

 
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