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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 24, No. 2, 2006, pp. 190-205
Bioline Code: hn06024
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2006, pp. 190-205

 en Arsenic in Drinking-water and Reproductive Health Outcomes: A Study of Participants in the Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Programme
Kwok, Richard K.; Kaufmann, Rachel B. & Jakariya, M.


This study examined 2,006 pregnant women chronically exposed to a range of naturally-occurring concentrations of arsenic in drinking-water in three upazilas in Bangladesh to find out relationships between arsenic exposure and selected reproductive health outcomes. While there was a small but statistically significant association between arsenic exposure and birth-defects (odds ratio=1.005, 95% confidence interval 1.001-1.010), other outcomes, such as stillbirth, low birth-weight, childhood stunting, and childhood under-weight, were not associated with arsenic exposure. It is possible that the association between arsenic exposure from drinking-water and birth-defects may be a statistical anomaly due to the small number of birth-defects observed. Future studies should look more closely at birth-defects, especially neural tube defects, to elucidate any potential health effects associated with arsenic exposure from drinking-water. Further, given the knowledge that serious health effects can result from chronic arsenic exposure, efforts to find alternatives of safe drinking-water for the population must continue.

Arsenic; Arsenic exposure; Drinking-water; Reproductive health; Pregnancy outcomes; Bangladesh

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