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Summerhayes, RJ 2014, 'Exposure to trihalomethanes in drinking water and small for gestational age births in New South Wales, Australia', PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Copyright RJ Summerhayes 2014

Abstract

An unintended consequence of drinking water chlorination is the production of a range of compounds including trihalomethanes that have been associated with increased risk of cancer and adverse birth outcomes.

I quantified the concentration of trihalomethanes in New South Wales drinking water supplies, and estimated the risk of small-for-gestational-age births associated with exposure to trihalomethanes in drinking water in Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter metropolitan regions.

I found was considerable spatio-temporal variation in trihalomethane concentration in NSW drinking water supplies, and a small statistically significant association between the risk of small-for-gestational-age births and exposure to trihalomethanes, after adjusting for risk factors.

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