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Lead, Cadmium Levels in Blood Linked to Reduced Fertility

US News & World Report,  Feb 14, 2012

High blood levels of cadmium in women and high levels of lead in males can make it difficult for couples to conceive, new research suggests. Cadmium is a metal that is used in batteries, metal coatings and plastics, but the most common source of cadmium exposure is cigarette smoke. Common sources of exposure to lead in the United States include lead-based paints in older homes, lead-glazed pottery, and contaminated soil and water.

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