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Medical News and Perspectives
July 20, 2005

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Probed as Potential Pathways to Illness

JAMA. 2005;294(3):291-293. doi:10.1001/jama.294.3.291

San Diego—For the last 60 years, humans have been exposed to an increasing number of synthetic compounds in the environment. In fact, more than 80 000 chemicals are used commercially in the United States, found in products ranging from toys and detergents to pesticides and food packaging. Accumulating evidence that some of these widely used chemicals may have hormonelike effects on the body is heightening concerns about their potential long-term health risks, particularly when developing fetuses and neonates are exposed.

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