April 28, 2012: Prenatal BPA Exposure and Child Behavior

New Study from CCCEH Finds Exposure to Bisphenol-A in the Womb is Linked to Behavioral Problems in Young Children

NEW YORK (April 28, 2012) Over the past few years two new phrases have been introduced to our everyday language–bisphenol-A (BPA) and endocrine disrupting chemicals. According to a new study by researchers at Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, exposure to BPA in the womb may be linked to behavioral problems in young children.

The study was published in an advance online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives entitled Prenatal Bisphenol A Exposure and Child Behavior.

BPA is found in many products we use every day, ranging from polycarbonate plastics like those used in food and beverage storage containers, the lining of canned food and beverages, thermal paper cashier receipts, to dental sealants. As a result of the high volume production and use, the majority of Americans are exposed to BPA. Endocrine disrupting chemicals interfere with the body’s ability to regulate its growth, development, metabolism, and other functions. These chemicals are often referred to as hormone mimics since they imitate hormones and disrupt normal cell signaling. Animal studies have shown that BPA can interfere with normal development of the brain, changes in behavior and abnormal development of reproductive organs. Current research among humans suggests health effects of BPA include cardiovascular disease and diabetes and most recently behavioral problems.

Read the study online.

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