First Study on Glyphosate and Pregnancy Risk Receives Widespread Media Attention
Dr. Shahid Parvez, FSPH assistant professor of environmental health science; Jeffrey Ashby, MPH student in Environmental Health Science; and collaborators from Indiana University and University of San Francisco conducted the first birth-cohort study on glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular Roundup weed and grass killer and most heavily used herbicide. The study, Glyphosate exposure in pregnancy and shortened gestational length: a prospective Indiana birth cohort study, reported that more than 90% of pregnant women had detectable urine glyphosate levels and that these levels correlated significantly with shortened pregnancy lengths. They also found higher urine glyphosate levels in women who lived in rural areas, and in those who consumed caffeinated beverages. Already in the top five percent of all research outputs scored by Altmetric, these are new discoveries that will fuel further investigations in this field.