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Painting better picture of infertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, June 01, 2008 | 0 comments

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workmen exposed to paint chemicals are more likely to have fertility problemsTHINGS have improved for workmen exposed to paint chemicals, but they are still more likely to have fertility problems, new research says.

Scientists from Manchester University have found that painters and decorators, who are exposed to glycol ethers, are more likely to have low sperm quality.

Glycol ethers are widely used in products, including the water-based paints used by many painters and decorators.

And, according to the research, men who work with these solvents have a 2.5-fold increased risk of having a low sperm count.

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