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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2010 Jan-Feb;39(1):103-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2009.01092.x.

Pesticides and health risks.

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  • 1University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Pesticides are a category of chemicals formulated to kill or repel a pest or halt its reproduction. In this article we review the toxicological and epidemiological literature; describe common potential pesticide exposures; and focus on the associated health risks to fetal development. Clinical implications are reviewed, and recommendations are made regarding the integration of this environmental health concern into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy work. Recommendations for pesticide elimination and reduction in health care settings are included.

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