Removing chemical used to make teflon-like coatings has led to fewer low birth weights and less brain damage, study suggests

Scientists behind the research, conducted at NYU School of Medicine, say that studies have long linked the chemicals — famous for keeping food from sticking to pans — with high blood pressure, birth defects, and lower-than-normal birth weights. These damaging health effects were major factors behind a 2006 agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American manufacturers to curtail and eventually eliminate the harmful chemicals’ production in 2014.

The study authors estimate that the drop in chemically linked low-birth weight babies saved the nation at least $13.7 billion by reducing infant hospital stays and the number of children in need of long-term care after cognitive damage; and by improving the prospects of children going on to achieve higher education levels and get better-paying jobs.

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