Title

Exposure to Arsenic and Adverse Child Health Outcomes

Date

5-30-2013 10:40 AM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 203

Department

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Session Chair

Daryl Thomas

Session Chair

Janet Roberts

Session Chair

Siobhan Maty

Session Title

Health / Physical Education / Exercise Science

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Siobhan Maty

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Arsenic is a well documented carcinogen. Children continue to be exposed to arsenic, which emphasizes the need for efficient programs to improve child health in arsenic exposed communities. Our work reviews literature on the association between arsenic exposure and physical and cognitive development, immunity, mortality and morbidity rates, motor function, childhood cancers, and the impact of breastfeeding. No positive or null association was observed for arsenic exposure and adverse outcomes. However, results suggested that exclusive breastfeeding for longer time periods may have prevented earlier arsenic exposure. Further research will provide evidence of the protective effects of breastfeeding on arsenic exposure in children.

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May 30th, 10:40 AM

Exposure to Arsenic and Adverse Child Health Outcomes

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 203

Arsenic is a well documented carcinogen. Children continue to be exposed to arsenic, which emphasizes the need for efficient programs to improve child health in arsenic exposed communities. Our work reviews literature on the association between arsenic exposure and physical and cognitive development, immunity, mortality and morbidity rates, motor function, childhood cancers, and the impact of breastfeeding. No positive or null association was observed for arsenic exposure and adverse outcomes. However, results suggested that exclusive breastfeeding for longer time periods may have prevented earlier arsenic exposure. Further research will provide evidence of the protective effects of breastfeeding on arsenic exposure in children.