Blame dad's job for birth defects


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Blame dad's job for birth defects

Ever wondered how your choice of profession might affect your offsprings? According to a study, men with jobs such as artists, photographers, and mathematicians run a higher risk of having kids with birth defects.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina examined data from the US National Birth Defects Prevention Study and found that paternal occupations like artists, photographers, hairdressers , mathematicians and office support workers were associated with birth defects in children, the Daily Mail reported.

The researchers obtained the career histories of around 1,000 men who had fathered a child with one or more birth defects born between 1997 and 2004. This was compared with information from 4,000 men whose kids didn't have congenital abnormalities.

Over two-thirds of the jobs analysed seemed to be linked to having a child with a birth defect.

These included architects and designers, healthcare professionals, dentists, firefighters, fishermen, entertainers, stonemasons, painters, train drivers, soldiers and commercial divers etc.

Andrew Olshan, of the university's North Carolina Centre for Birth Defects Research and Prevention , said some occupations were even associated with more than one defect within the same part of the anatomy. "For example, photographers and photoprocessing workers were associated with three distinct eye defects . Artists were associated with the most number of defects, including several eye/ear defects, oral clefts and defects of the gastrointestinal system," he said.
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