BPA : French researchers say they have uncovered new Risks

Like DES, BPA is a synthetic oestrogen with similar to identical effects on the human bodyOur study is the first to show that BPA can alter thyroid function of pregnant animals and their offspring in a long-gestation species with similar regulation of thyroid function as humans” said Catherine Viguié, PhD, of Toxalim, Research Centre in Food Toxicology in Toulouse, France and lead author of the study.

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FDA Close to BPA Decision Crucial for Health of Poor Children

Hormonally active chemicals such as BPA have no place in our kids’ life

FDA Close To BPA Decision Crucial For Health Of Poor ChildrenA new study by scientists from Boston University found a strong link between the burden of BPA and poverty

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2012 Study Abstract

Bisphenol A (BPA) and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) are suspected endocrine disrupting compounds known to be ubiquitous in people’s bodies. Population disparities in exposure to these chemicals have not been fully characterized.

We analyzed data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Using multivariable linear regression we examined the association between urinary concentrations of BPA, serum concentrations of four PFCs, and multiple measures of socioeconomic position (SEP): family income, education, occupation, and food security. We also examined associations with race/ethnicity.

All four PFCs were positively associated with family income, whereas BPA was inversely associated with family income. BPA concentrations were higher in people who reported very low food security and received emergency food assistance than in those who did not. This association was particularly strong in children: 6-11 year-olds whose families received emergency food had BPA levels 54% higher (95% CI, 13 to 112%) than children of families who did not. For BPA and PFCs we saw smaller and less consistent associations with education and occupation. Mexican Americans had the lowest concentrations of any racial/ethnic group of both types of chemicals; for PFCs, Mexican Americans not born in the U.S. had much lower levels than those born in the U.S.

People with lower incomes had higher body burdens of BPA; the reverse was true for PFCs. Family income with adjustment for family size was the strongest predictor of chemical concentrations among the different measures of SEP we studied. Income, education, occupation, and food security appear to capture different aspects of SEP that may be related to exposure to BPA and PFCs and are not necessarily interchangeable as measures of SEP in environmental epidemiology studies. Differences by race/ethnicity were independent of SEP.

Sources Social disparities in exposures to bisphenol A and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals: a cross-sectional study within NHANES 2003-2006, Environmental Health 2012, 11:10 doi:10.1186/1476-069X-11-10.

Study links BPA to lower Thyroid Function

2012: French researchers say they have uncovered new risks

Study Links BPA to Lower Thyroid FunctionLike DES, Bisphenol-A is a synthetic oestrogen with similar to identical effects on the human body.
Studies involving self-reporting by patients exposed to DES show an increased risk in many different autoimmune disorders, including autoimmune thyroid disorders – so the results of this BPA study are no surprise!

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consumer affairs, 11/15/2012.

Could BPA cause Women Infertility?

Could this be Why Many Women are Infertile?Bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastics, can lower the fertility of women’s eggs, the latest study suggests.

UPI reports:

The researchers noted BPA — found in the urine of nearly everyone tested in a 2004 U.S. analysis — is an endocrine disruptor that either mimics or blocks body hormones.

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Can Exposure to Toxins Change Your DNA?

Toxicants cause ovarian disease across generations

Can Exposure to Toxins Change Your DNA?

Female rats rejected the males descended from a fungicide-administered pregnant rat, even three generations later…

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motherjones, June 19, 2012.

More information:

    • Toxicants cause ovarian disease across generations, news.wsu.edu, May 2012.
    • Epigenetic Transgenerational Actions of Endocrine Disruptors and Male Fertility, sciencemag, 3 June 2005.
    • Transgenerational epigenetic imprints on mate preference, pnas, November 27, 2006.

Pregnant? Here’s more to worry about…

Bisphenol A, Cigarette smoke, Morning sickness and Alcohol

Pregnant? Here's more to worry about

Pregnancy may be the mother of all guilt trips. But that anxiety doesn’t necessarily end with the birth of a healthy child. Researchers are finding that in utero exposures could be linked with behavioral or emotional problems in young children and increased cancer risk and other problems later in life.

For example exposure to artificial estrogens such as BPA and Diethylstilbestrol ( DES ) can change the way the fetus responds to estrogen later in life and may be associated with breast cancer.