Women who use video display terminals during pregnancy do not run an increased risk of miscarriages, according to a long-awaited federal study.
The study should "put to rest concerns once and for all," said study director Teresa Schnoor, of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. But advocates for VDT users expressed a mix of relief and skepticism, with many saying the study was flawed and too limited to support such a conclusion.
The study compared 882 pregnancies among women who worked during the 1980s at AT&T and Bell South in Atlanta. At Bell South, 307 directory assistance operators used VDTs all day, including during pregnancy, while at AT&T 430 general operators used a different type of electronic equipment with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) to project images on screens.