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9/11 Study to Probe Birth Defects
Post Wire Services, August 31, 2002

    Citing an increase in birth defects following major disasters, scientists plan to study whether high levels of stress and exposure to pollutants after the WTC attacks is causing the same thing to happen here. New Jersey researchers will gather information from all the births in New York and the Garden State between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 11, 2002. They will also examine birth records of about 300,000 babies, including those born in the two years prior to Sept. 11, 2001, to form a control group.
    "Obviously there was serious stress to the general population [after the attacks] and exposure to some chemicals," said George Lambert, a pediatric toxicologist at the Environmental Health Sciences Institute in Piscataway, which is leading the study.
    The study, which will be completed next summer, also will examine the number of premature births and low birth weight babies.

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