Scientists find link between group of pollutants and health problems in Inuit

By Jimmy Thomson, CBC News Ottawa, January 19, 2018

A new study from the University of Ottawa has found a link between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and high cholesterol levels among Inuit. The study follows earlier work that found a similar link between the group of chemicals and some kinds of diabetes.

That group of pollutants includes well-known chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide DDT.

Many have been restricted under the international Stockholm Convention, but, true to the "persistent" part of their name, remain in the environment.

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