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What environmental chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects?

What environmental chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects?

Too many to list: A large number of environmental chemicals are carcinogenic, e.g., arsenic, benzene, pcb, aflatoxin, radon, alcohol and radioactive isotopes. Mercury, acutane, alcohol, lead etc cause birth defects. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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Could exposure to formaldehyde cause birth defects?

Could exposure to formaldehyde cause birth defects?

No: According to the national institute of health and our government who reviewed all the literature. The answer was there is little evidence of reproductive or developmental toxicity. ...Read more

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Will all exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Will all exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Yes it may: Radiation treatment can cause damage to surrounding areas. It may put you at risk for cancer in the future as well. Normally the risk/benefit ratio of radiation treatment is taken into account to treat the tumor now. ...Read more

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Can a long-term exposure to vapors of certain chemicals (e.G. Acrylic acid) cause an erectile dysfunction in men?

Can a long-term exposure to vapors of certain chemicals (e.G. Acrylic acid) cause an erectile dysfunction in men?

Doubtful: Despite the 'pop' idea that 'chemicals' cause everything, if this were the explanation the same thing would be happening to the other men who work the same job. Erectile dysfunction has a variety of causes. If your favorite thoughts / pictures / videos / partner(s) don't get you hard like they should, a full checkup including hemochromatosis and prolactinoma screening is in order. ...Read more

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Does warming food in microwave destroy the vitamins or minerals? secondly does it causes any other harmful impact ie; cause cancer?thanks

Does warming food in microwave destroy the vitamins or minerals? secondly does it causes any other harmful impact ie; cause cancer?thanks

It's fine: Minerals -- not at all. They can only be destroyed in a nuclear reactor. Vitamins -- maybe a little, notably vitamin C, but you probably get plenty. Causing cancer? That's internet scare hoax stuff. Taking proper care of your food is key to avoid food-borne illness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Which stage in human fertilisation/conception/pregnancy period does susceptibility to environmental factors that may contribute/cause defects start?

Which stage in human fertilisation/conception/pregnancy period does susceptibility to environmental factors that may contribute/cause defects start?

Before conception: The woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have and they mature over her lifetime until either released or lost.All exposure to chemicals/radiation/illnesses during a woman's life impact the egg quality.Once released to conception, the environmental influences on outcome are continuous.Some are time specific (thalidomide-5-7 wks) some are continuous (alcohol). ...Read more

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Can exposure to chemicals cause erectile dysfunction?

Can exposure to chemicals cause erectile dysfunction?

May be,: Yes, but more studies are needed. The concern of chemicals effecting sexual function has largely been done in animals until 2009, the effects of ed from exposure to bisphenol-a (bpa), an industrial chemical used in plastic industry, were studied and reported, revealing: the exposed (high level of 50 x) workers have 4 x and 7 x more to suffer from ed ; ejaculatory dysfunction than the non-exposed. ...Read more

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Do skin diseases generally develop due to environmental factors?

Do skin diseases generally develop due to environmental factors?

Sometimes: Exposure to harsh chemicals can cause damage to the skin. Even repeated exposure to water or work related chemicals can cause damage to the skin. Pollution can have van irritant effect on facial skin and cleaning the face with a gentle cleanser and the use of emollients can help in minimizing damage. ...Read more

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What environmental factors, if there's any, that can cause brain cancer?

What environmental factors, if there's any, that can cause brain cancer?

None are known: The stuff about electric power lines, microwave ovens and cell phones isn't generally accepted by the scientific community and don't fit with what we know about cancer. From time to time there is talk of an epidemiologic link. If ct scans and/or pesticides are placing people at extra risk, the increased risk is not striking. There's inconsistent data for solvents & nitrites. ...Read more

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Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

They can/some don't: Congenital heart defects include a number of conditions that vary greatly in their impact on final growth. The more severe the defect, the more likely it will require multiple surgeries and impair the bodies strength & growth. The cyanotic or blue baby group of defects are more likely to do this.Some defects, like the common small VSD self correct & seldom if ever alter the patients life. ...Read more

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Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Yes: It depends on the amount of exposure and the timing in the pregnancy. Early on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning will likely lead to a miscarriage. Later on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning can lead to death or growth disturbances or congenital malformations. ...Read more

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What conditions or changes could cause marijuana to have adverse effects?

What conditions or changes could cause marijuana to have adverse effects?

Age, strain,genetics: Marijuana is hazardous for young people- regular users will have lower iq til about age 17. Some people become very anxious from it- this is related to your genetics/constitution but can also be influenced by the strain as diff. Strains have varying ratios of thc, cbd etc, thus some are more calming ; agitating. Like all medicines, what helps some can harm others ; it is not for everybody! ...Read more

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How some drugs cause birth defect in pregnant womans?.Can it alter a baby's normal growth by producing some chemicals or change DNA & cause mutation?

How some drugs cause birth defect in pregnant womans?.Can it alter a baby's normal growth by producing some chemicals or change DNA & cause mutation?

All of the above: All of the things you mentioned can happen. In addition, some drugs can block certain steps in the formation of proteins needed to build the body, and then abnormal proteins form and defects occur. There are sooooo many different ways drugs and chemicals can affect the growing body - we probably don't even know al of them yet. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or ...Read more