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Links between health problems and endocrine-disrupting chemicals now stronger, statement argues

A new study by the Endocrine Society, suggests that “even minute doses” of hormone-disrupting chemicals can interfere with the activity of natural hormones. The idea that just minute doses of these chemicals leading to sever health problems is a scary one. Previous studies on endocrine disruptors linked them to “reproductive and developmental problems, thyroid impairment, certain reproductive cancers, and neurodevelopmental problems such as decreased IQ” and the study suggests links to “heart and weight problems, and diabetes.” The toxic chemicals most in question are “bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, persistent organic pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyl ethers, and flame retardants such as Polybrominated diphenyl ethers.” However, the studies are not without their critics. The American Chemistry Council released a statement saying, “the new report "makes broad, unsupported claims about the relationship between certain chemicals and disease." The Endocrine Society understands there is more research to be done, and is asking for more endocrine research funding.

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