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Warning to mothers-to-be as chemical found in household insecticides 'could raise the risk of their children having a deadly birth defect'

A common chemical found in household and agricultural insecticides may raise the risk of a rare birth defect, a study has suggested. Piperonyl butoxide, often shortened down to PBO, was linked to holoprosencephaly (HPE) in a study on mice.  Scientists have warned they cannot prove the same would happen in humans - but called for further trials on PBO to confirm its effects. PBO is widely used in insecticides for house plants, as well as  in mosquito repellents and head lice shampoos. Read more.....



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