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The World in Medicine
September 9, 1998

Pollutant Risks Remain

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JAMA. 1998;280(10):873. doi:10.1001/jama.280.10.873-JWM80006-4-1

Despite substantial reductions in emissions from such well-known pollutants as polychlorinated biphenyl and dioxin, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has warned that health dangers from pollutants have hardly been eliminated.

In a new report called Monitor 16, agency researchers warn of the potential for health risks from newer pollutants, including brominated flame retardants that are used in electrical equipment. The new report, which describes 10 years of Swedish research on persistent organic pollutants, was released in mid August, just a week before hundreds of scientists from around the world were scheduled to meet in Stockholm for the Dioxin '98 conference on organic pollutants.