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New study of toxins and heart disease

Is there a correlation between exposure to hormone interfering environmental toxins and increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease? A new patient study will try to evaluate this, and one thousand people are to be included.
The study is conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet and the Universities of Örebro and Uppsala. This is the most comprehensive mapping of health effects from long lived hormone interfering organic pollutants performed so far. Concentrations of environmental toxins are measured in blood samples taken from patients five years ago in health examinations for cardiovascular conditions. The present health status of the patients is now reexamined five years later and compared with previous data and toxin measurements. The collected material will also be used for evaluating the correlation to diabetes, lung function, obesity, dementia and osteoporosis. The study is funded by the Swedish Research Council and FORMAS.
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