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Oregon State: Finds Wristband Samplers Show Similar Chemical Exposure across Three Continents

To assess differences and trends in personal chemical exposure, Oregon State University researchers, led by  Dr. Kim Anderson, deployed chemical-sampling wristbands to individuals on three continents. After they analyzed the wristbands that were returned, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the same 14 chemicals were detected in more than 50 percent of the wristbands returned from the United States, Africa and South America.

“Whether you are a farm worker in Senegal or a preschooler in Oregon, you might be exposed to those same 14 chemicals that we detected in over 50 percent of the wristbands,” said Ms. Holly Dixon, a doctoral candidate at Oregon State and the study’s lead author.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is published in the journal The Royal Society Open Science. Oregon State College of Public Health and Human Sciences associate professors Dr. Molly Kile and Dr. Laurel Kincl are co-authors of this important study.