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Scientists find link between high cholesterol, industrial chemical

October 31, 2012
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Scientists say they have found a probable link between high cholesterol in some mid-Ohio Valley residents and their exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical also known as C8 that was used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia.

The three-member C8 Science Panel, which was formed in 2005 as part of a class-action settlement of a lawsuit that claimed DuPont’s Washington Works plant in Wood County, W.Va., contaminated water supplies, released its final report Monday.

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The scientists studied data collected from about 70,000 residents and found no probable link between C8 and Parkinson''s disease, non-malignant liver disease, non-malignant kidney disease, osteoarthritis, coronary artery disease or high blood pressure. However, the scientists said they did find a probable link between exposure to C8 and medically diagnosed high cholesterol.

C8 is used as a surfactant in the emulsion polymerization of fluoropolymers. It has been used in the manufacture of consumer goods as Teflon and Gore-Tex.


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