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PFAS Exposure Can Warrant Medical Care: Top Science Adviser (1)

July 28, 2022, 3:00 PMUpdated: July 28, 2022, 8:12 PM

Doctors should offer medical tests to patients likely to have elevated exposure to PFAS to empower them to protect their health, the nation’s top federal scientific advisory institution says.

Adult kidney cancer, smaller babies, weaker immune systems, and altered cholesterol levels are among the potential problems that drinking, eating, inhaling, and other exposures to seven per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are connected to, said a committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in a report released Thursday.

The National Academies’ advice likely will have legal, judicial, insurance, legislative, and health care ramifications, said attorneys, physicians, and ...