9/11 led to increase in male miscarriages: report - Macleans.ca

9/11 led to increase in male miscarriages: report

Fewer boys were born in all states in months following attacks

by

It seems that the stress caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York contributed to an increase of miscarriages in male fetuses, according to a new review from the University of California, Irvine, which supports what experts call the theory of “communal bereavement,” or the acute mental distress that follows a major national event. The study, in BMC Public Health, found that 12 per cent more male babies were lost in Sept. 2001 after the 20th week of pregnancy, than in what would be called a “normal” September,” and fewer boys were born in all states three to four months after the attack. Stressful times reportedly reduce male birth rate across many species, said lead researcher Dr. Tim Bruckner.

BBC News

Filed under: