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December 30, 2019

The Legacy of Environmental Policies—Are We Doing Enough?

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  • 1Pediatric Environmental Health Center, Division of General Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(2):126-128. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.5111

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are compounds with aromatic rings that degrade slowly or incompletely and thus persist in the environment. These POPs leave an environmental legacy long after the compound is no longer being produced or used, in part because of their ability to accumulate in food chains and expose higher-order predators, including humans. In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, Ouidir et al1 evaluate the association between maternal exposure to POPs, some of which have already been banned in the United States, and long-term fetal growth.

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