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Editor's Note
November 2016

Simple Measures to Reduce Chemical Exposure

JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(11):1707. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.5773

Possible health consequences related to chemical exposure through common items, such as plastic, fruits, and furniture, are receiving increased attention. In the current Evidence to Practice article, Gore1 summarizes the evidence supporting the Endocrine Society’s Scientific Statement on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as polychlorinated biphenyls; dioxins; pesticides, plastics, and plasticizers (bisphenol A [BPA] and phthalates); perfluorinated compounds; and flame retardants.2 The Statement considered basic, translational, and clinical evidence examining chemical exposure and the development of various diseases and concludes that exposure to chemicals are strongly associated with, and may be causative of, endocrine diseases.

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