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"Fluoride May Diminish Kidney and Liver Function in Adolescents"

  • Science Daily
  • New York, NY
  • (August 08, 2019)

Fluoride exposure may lead to a reduction in kidney and liver function among adolescents, according to a study published by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Environment International. The findings showed that exposure to fluoride may contribute to complex changes in kidney and liver function among youth in the United States, where 74 percent of public water systems add fluoride for dental health benefits. "While the dental benefits of fluoride are widely established, recent concerns have been raised regarding the appropriateness of its widespread addition to drinking water or salt in North America," said Ashley Malin, PhD, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow in the department of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "This study's findings suggest that there may be potential kidney and liver health concerns to consider when evaluating fluoride use and appropriate levels in public health interventions. Prospective studies are needed to examine the impact of chronic low-level fluoride exposure on kidney and liver function in the U.S. population.”

— Ashley Malin, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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