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Scientists study tar ponds impact on pregnancy

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    Scientists study tar ponds impact on pregnancy WebPosted Tue Sep 4 13:34:59 2001 http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/view?/news/2001/09/04/tarponds_preg010904 SYDNEY, N.S. -
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      Scientists study tar ponds impact on pregnancy
      WebPosted Tue Sep 4 13:34:59 2001

      SYDNEY, N.S. - Researchers will try to determine if living near the Sydney tar ponds on Cape Breton Island has had an effect on pregnant women and their children.

      A team of scientists from the University College of Cape Breton and McMaster University in Hamilton will begin a study examining how toxic chemicals may have affected the ability of women to get pregnant, or caused miscarriages or birth defects.

      UCCB environmental health specialist Helen Mercereau said a telephone survey will be launched as early as Friday. They'll speak with 500 women in the Sydney area in an effort to examine the psychological impact of living near a toxic site on a woman's reproductive cycle.

      Researchers will also spend close to two years looking for scientific evidence that could prove the chemicals had an effect on the pregnant women.

      They will look at hospital records of past pregnancies and study blood samples.

      Written by CBC News Online staff

      INDEPTH: The Sydney Tar Ponds

      [NatNews-north] NS: More Sydney soil contaminated..Tar Ponds, Ishgooda,
      Tue, 28 Aug 2001 10:28:39
      [NatNews-north] SYDNEY, NS: UCCB does new tar ponds survey, Senior
      Staff, Fri, 24 Aug 2001 09:51:54
      [NatNews-north] Sydney, NS: Province sets up new tar ponds plan, Senior
      Staff, Thu, 23 Aug 2001 12:19:13
      [NatNews-north] Sydney, NS: Tarponds' toxic zone gets bigger, Senior Staff,
      Wed, 15 Aug 2001 09:20:54
      [NatNews-north] SYDNEY, N.S: Angry residents told tar ponds clean-up
      can begin, Senior Staff, Wed, 15 Aug 2001 08:57:19
      [NatNews-north] New toxic hots spots found near Sydney tar ponds, Senior
      Staff, Mon, 6 Aug 2001 10:09:20
      [NatNews-north] Ottawa accused of ploy to cut tar pond payout, Senior Staff
      [NativeNews:enviro] Sydney, NS: Five children near tar ponds record high
      arsenic levels, Senior Staff, Fri, 13 Jul 2001 06:16:51
      [NatNews-north] SYDNEY, N.S: Tar ponds residents plan protests, Senior
      Staff, Wed, 11 Jul 2001 06:33:48
      [NatNews-north] Tar ponds neighbours begin tax revolt ..Two Children Test
      Positive for Arsenic, Senior Staff, Mon, 9 Jul 2001 22:12:50
      [NatNews-north] SYDNEY, N.S: Residents near tar ponds wait for test
      results, Senior Staff, Tue, 3 Jul 2001 08:07:04
      [NatNews-north] NS: Residents near Sydney tar ponds prepare to move, as
      fear of arsenic rises, Senior Staff, Mon, 28 May 2001 12:41:28

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