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‘Forever chemicals’ linked to high blood pressure in women

By Erin Blakemore

20 Jun 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

There's a gendered data gap when it comes to chemicals such as these—we know that women's physiology is more affected, but we don't know why.

Drinking water. Food. Air. Fish. It seems there isn’t any part of the globe that isn’t touched by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), man-made “forever chemicals” that are slow to degrade and whose dangers to humans and animals are being studied.

Now, researchers have linked PFAS to high blood pressure in middle-aged women, adding to the long list of health risks associated with the pollutants.

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