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Research highlights health risks of endocrine-disrupting chemicals

New studies underscore the health hazards of endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastics, advocating for stricter regulations to mitigate their impact on human health.

Marilynn Larkin reports for Medscape.

In short:

  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) like bisphenols, phthalates, and PFASs are linked to severe health issues, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
  • The cost of diseases associated with plastic pollution is estimated at $340 billion annually in the U.S., with significant impacts on public health and the economy.
  • Community efforts in North Carolina have revealed widespread PFAS contamination, highlighting the need for a holistic approach to managing plastic pollution.

Key quote:

"The bottom line is that there is a substantial business case for preventing the use of chemicals, and plastics in particular."

— Leonardo Trasande, MD, New York University

Why this matters:

EDCs from plastic pollution are linked to severe health issues, from preterm births to cardiovascular diseases. Stricter regulation is important for reducing exposure and protecting public health as well as reducing the economic burden of related diseases. Read more: Vandenberg, Trasande, Sargis: Understanding endocrine disruptors.

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