First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Kaleigh VertefeuilleFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Charles Gillespie & Dr. Brian Stiltner

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS are compounds building up in the environment and in the human body. These substances can be found in nonstick coatings in many pans and food wrappers and are contaminating the environment. While PFAS make everyday life more convenient, they are causing health problems including hormone disruption, immunosuppression, and concerns to organ systems. This paper examines the effects of PFAS on the body, how they are accumulating in the environment, exploring elimination options and the ethical and social implications in tackling the issue. It was found that PFAS can weaken the immune response and decrease responsiveness to vaccines, cause hormonal imbalances, fetal development issues, pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and decrease fertility. The migration of PFAS explains how it is found essentially everywhere in the environment including soil, groundwater, water masses and the air. Eliminating PFAS include using technology such as sorption and providing alternatives to PFAS to consumers. The convenience of these substances can not outweigh the costs to human health and society, and everyone has the right to know what products or sources are contaminated with PFAS and to identify the alternatives available to prevent adverse health effects.

College and Major available

Nursing BSN

Location

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Kaleigh Vertefeuille: Nursing major, honors student, graduating 2023.

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 4:00 PM

The Detrimental Effects of Forever Chemicals

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS are compounds building up in the environment and in the human body. These substances can be found in nonstick coatings in many pans and food wrappers and are contaminating the environment. While PFAS make everyday life more convenient, they are causing health problems including hormone disruption, immunosuppression, and concerns to organ systems. This paper examines the effects of PFAS on the body, how they are accumulating in the environment, exploring elimination options and the ethical and social implications in tackling the issue. It was found that PFAS can weaken the immune response and decrease responsiveness to vaccines, cause hormonal imbalances, fetal development issues, pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and decrease fertility. The migration of PFAS explains how it is found essentially everywhere in the environment including soil, groundwater, water masses and the air. Eliminating PFAS include using technology such as sorption and providing alternatives to PFAS to consumers. The convenience of these substances can not outweigh the costs to human health and society, and everyone has the right to know what products or sources are contaminated with PFAS and to identify the alternatives available to prevent adverse health effects.

 

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