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NBR: Insect repellents linked to male genital defects

Peter Griffin posted in on December 10th, 2009.

The use of insect repellent by pregnant women has been implicated in an increasingly common male genetic defect – hypospadias. The condition, which generally requires surgery to correct, is estimated to affect about one in every 500 boys, although this number had been growing. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Signs of a link between […]

Insect repellent linked to birth defects – UK and Aus experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 2nd, 2009.

New research published in the BMJ’s  Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests the use of insect repellent during the first three months of pregnancy may be linked to an increase in the risk of a specific male birth defect, called hypospadias.  Hypospadias decribes a range of conditions where the urethra (the tube that carries urine from […]

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