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May 27, 2005

Chemicals may damage male babies

Topics: Health Issues

Research suggests that chemicals found in many everyday products can harm male reproductive development.

Phthalates are used in the manufacture of plastics, lubricants and solvents, and are found in cosmetics, medical equipment, toys, paints and packaging. The University of Rochester team, New York, found exposure to the chemicals was linked to a higher risk of genital abnormalities in baby boys. The study features in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

(...) the chemicals appeared to suppress production of the male sex hormone testosterone.

(...) "Testosterone is absolutely critical to development - most of the things that make males different to females are down to pre-natal exposure to the hormone.

(...) "It is not just the effect on genital development, but also on tissues throughout the body, including the brain."

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Posted by Hyscience at May 27, 2005 1:35 PM



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