Science Panel Links C8 Exposure to High Cholesterol

PFOA C8 chemicalA Science Panel, formed to study the effects of chemical exposure on residents of the Mid-Ohio valley area due to emissions from the DuPont plant located in the region, submitted its fourth and final series of Probable Link Reports to the Wood County Court on Oct. 29, 2012.

The report found a probable link between diagnosed high cholesterol and C8 exposure in the region.  Earlier probable links had been found between plant emissions and kidney and testicular cancer, as well as thyroid disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.  

The Washington Works DuPont facility is located in Parkersburg, WV, but also affects many Ohioans living along the Ohio River.

In December 2011, a probable link between C8 and pregnancy-induced hypertension was reported following the panel’s studies.

C8 is the common name for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a manmade chemical used to manufacture non-stick cookware (such as Teflon), water-repellant clothing and protective finishes on carpets.

Several years ago, the citizens of Washington County and surrounding communities filed a class action suit against DuPont claiming that the company had contaminated drinking water supplies in the region.  DuPont paid more than $20 million to treat water supplies in partial settlement of the lawsuit.

The three-member science panel, comprised of epidemiologists, was formed as part of the settlement of the class action suit to study the effects of C8 exposure and human diseases.  Panel membership was approved by both the citizens filing the lawsuit and DuPont.

Although six probable links were documented, the panel also found there were no probable links discovered between C8 and birth defects, miscarriages, stillbirths, low birth weight, autoimmune diseases, infectious disease, neurodevelopmental disorders in children, respiratory disease, or stroke, increased risk of metabolic syndrome, childhood obesity, childhood asthma or infections in relation to prenatal exposure.

The panel also reported that no links were found between C8 and other types of cancer or between C8 and adult onset diabetes.

People need assistance in dealing with the harmful effects of C8 and recovering the amount of monetary compensation to pay for their expenses and prepare for their future.  To learn more about the legal representation of Slater & Zurz is providing to Ohio residents affected by C8, please call toll-free at 1-888-534-4850 or send us a message about your situation by visiting slaterzurz.comand filing out the FREE CASE REVIEW on the right hand side of the page.

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One Comment on “Science Panel Links C8 Exposure to High Cholesterol”

  1. Ellis Pupo Says:

    High cholesterol symptoms in women are usually noticed in women older than 55 years while high cholesterol symptoms in men are commonly observed in men younger than 55 years. In general, aging increases the risk of high cholesterol. Obesity, lack of physical activity, eating excessive junk food, family history, excessive stress, alcohol abuse, increase the risk of high cholesterol. If you notice any symptoms of high cholesterol, you need to check the cholesterol levels by performing a simple blood test. Certain lifestyle changes and dietary changes such as including more HDL cholesterol foods in your diet can help lower cholesterol levels. .

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