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Title:Exposures to per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): Reducing potential risks to reproductive and children's health
Author(s):Anderko, Laura
per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
reproductive health
Abstract:Presented by: Laura Anderko – Professor, Endowed Chair, Co-Director at Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, Region 3 PEHSU, Co-authors: Emma Pennea, Ruth McDermott-Levy Abstract: There are growing concerns about the potential health impacts on reproductive and children’s as the science on the human health effects of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continues to emerge. Data suggests that PFAS exposure may affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children and induce vaccine-reduced immune protection. Exposure may increase cholesterol levels and lead to some cancers. Important exposure pathways include consumer products, fire-fighting foam, and a contaminated drinking water supply. Without EPA regulation or established standards for testing and treatment, prevention of exposure is key to reducing negative health impacts. Public health personnel and health care providers play an important role in educating communities on how to reduce the risk of exposure. This presentation will focus on strategies for educating health professionals and communities on health impacts, testing, and best practices for reducing exposures. Biography: Dr. Laura Anderko PhD RN, professor at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies holds the Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care. She is Co-Director of the federally funded Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. Dr. Anderko is a scholar in the field of children’s environmental health, publishing on the health impacts of PFAS on children. In 2021 she will begin serving on NASEM’s Committee for Guidance on PFAS Testing and Health Outcomes.
Issue Date:2021-04-27
Series/Report:2021 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC21)
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-23

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