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Exposure to Chemicals May Have Long-Term Cognitive Effects

CNN News reports on a study published in Neurology that has shown that exposure to solvents, including chlorinated and petroleum solvents used in paint and varnish, respectively, may have long-term cognitive effects. Researchers examined 2,143 males who worked for a utility company for the majority of their adult lives. They found that “High exposure to chlorinated solvents, petroleum solvents and benzene during one’s lifetime was linked to impairment on a test measuring general cognitive function” and “High exposures 31 to 50 years before testing were also associated with some types of cognitive impairment.” Experts say that policy changes may be necessary to limit the amount of exposure permitted.

Read the article published by CNN News.

Read the study in Neurology.