The chemicals called phthalates are known to disrupt hormones, leading to a range of health problems.
Phthalates are found in hundreds of consumer products, including food-storage containers, shampoo, makeup, perfume, and children's toys .
in several studies."These chemicals have a rap sheet," Leonardo Trasande, the lead author and director of NYU Langone's Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards, toldCNN. "And the fact of the matter is that when you look at the entire body of evidence, it provides a haunting pattern of concern."
Trasande and colleagues at NYU Grossman School of Medicine analyzed data from more than 5,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 64. They found that those with the highest level of phthalates in their urine were more likely to die earlier than expected, especially of heart-related causes.
The study calculated that between 91,000 to 107,000 American adults a year suffer premature deaths linked to these chemicals. The authors put a price tag on those early deaths: an estimated $40 billion to $47 billion each year in lost economic productivity. headtopics.com
'Everywhere chemicals' can pose a risk if eaten or inhaledStory continuesPhthalates are typically added to products to make them longer-lasting. Various plastic tubing and some children's toys might contain the chemicals so they're harder to break, and toiletries and cosmetics commonly include phthalates to maintain fragrance.
The chemical class is so common that phthalates are nicknamed "everywhere chemicals." The chemicals pose a threat if inhaled or ingested, soof exposure as they tend to put their hands in their mouths. Read more: Yahoo Singapore »
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