Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Synthetic chemicals could affect fertility, health, WHO says

Not really news to people who keep up with science news. But many people don't keep up with such news, so it's important that it is getting into the popular media.


By Robert Evans, Reuters
Feb. 19, 2013

Synthetic chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a United Nations-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday.

These endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs may also be linked to a decline in the human sperm count and female fertility, to an increase in once-rare childhood cancers and to the disappearance of some animal species, they said.

"It is clear that some of these chemical pollutants can affect the endocrinal (hormonal) system and ....may also interfere with the development processes of humans and wildlife species," the report says.

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