Low sex ratios of births in areas at risk from air pollution from incinerators, as shown by geographical analysis and 3-dimensional mapping

F. L. R. Williams, A. B. Lawson, O. L. Lloyd

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    Abstract

    Previous research in environmental and occupational health has suggested that fluctuations in the sex ratios of births might provide a useful early warning to the possible health effects of toxins or other stresses in the environment. To examine further this hypothesis, we investigated the sex ratios of births in an area in central Scotland which contained two incineration plants.
    Analyses of the sex ratios, at various levels of geographical detail and using 3-dimensional mapping techniques, in the residential areas at risk from airborne pollution from these incinerators showed locations with statistically significant excesses of female births.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)311-319
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1992

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