New study to detect harmful chemicals in children’s bodies

A new study monitoring the burden of toxic chemicals on the population recently got underway in Czechia. Researchers in four different parts of the country are taking samples of children’s urine and hair to detect the presence of toxic substances, including pesticides and heavy metals.

Harmful chemical substances are literally all around us. Toxic substances, such as phthalates, pesticides and heavy metals can be found in the air, soil, but also in food, food packaging or children’s toys.

A major European project, involving the Czech National Institute of Health, is now trying to asses to what extent we are exposed to these dangerous substances.

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Authors: Ruth Fraňková, Tereza Janouškovcová Bartůňková