Some studies showed that infant boys born to parents exposed to pesticides had a slightly increased risk of a birth defect called hypospadias, but Stanford University researchers said further research is needed to establish such a link. The study published in the journal Pediatrics found that 15 chemicals used to make pesticides had a potential association with the birth abnormality. "We didn't see many chemicals that suggested an increased risk, and of those that did, most of them were infrequently used," lead author Suzan Carmichael said.

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