Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Study links prenatal phthalate exposure to altered information processing in infants



News Release 6-Apr-2021
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau

Exposure to phthalates, a class of chemicals widely used in packaging and consumer products, is known to interfere with normal hormone function and development in human and animal studies. Now researchers have found evidence linking pregnant women's exposure to phthalates to altered cognitive outcomes in their infants.

Most of the findings involved slower information processing among infants with higher phthalate exposure levels, with males more likely to be affected depending on the chemical involved and the order of information presented to the infants.


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