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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