AAAS 2011 Annual Meeting News - Researchers Mull the Best Way to Inform Study Participants of Personal Results

February 24, 2011

By Becky Ham

Excerpt: Blood samples and floor sweepings provide the data for new studies showing that the human body harbors chemicals found in weed killer, rocket fuel, plastic food containers, and fire retardants.

But the hundreds of people who open their homes and bodies to such intense scrutiny have rarely received their personal results from these studies, a trend that's changing as more participants want to know what's inside their bodies and how it might affect their health.

As a result, experts said at the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting, researchers are searching for ways to report these results that are personally useful but also honest about the uncertainties of chemical exposure.

Reporting Individual Exposure Results