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The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has published a study on the upsurge of birth defects in Fallujah, Iraq. A 15% increase has been recorded during the war period.

The study, which was conducted on a limited sample of polygamous families, highlighted in particular a high incidence of heart and neural tube malformations.

The Journal decided to release the study to exchange the data collected with other researchers working on war-associated contamination.

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«Four Polygamous Families with Congenital Birth Defects from Fallujah, Iraq», par Samira Alaani, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, Mohammad Tafash et Paola Manduca, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, décembre 2010 (740 Ko, 7 p.).