* This news is based on the following article: Caspersen IH, Kvalem HE, Haugen M, et al. Determinants of plasma PCB, brominated flame retardants, and organochlorine pesticides in pregnant women and 3 year old children in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. Environ Res 2016; 146: 136-44. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.12.020
Age, parity and prepregnancy body mass index are the main variables explaining plasma concentrations of persistent organic pollutants in this sample of pregnant women in Norway with contamination levels comparable to that of other European populations. In 3-year-old children, plasma concentrations depend mainly on how long they were breastfed.