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BPA And Pregnancy

October 25, 2011 by staff 

BPA And Pregnancy, Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Harvard School of Public Health recently released the results of a new study on human exposure to BPA. The researchers measured levels of BPA in the urine of 244 pregnant women and their children after birth.

The research seems to indicate a relationship between high levels of BPA and behavior problems in girls. Pregnant women with high levels of BPA tend to be 3 years old girls with an increased risk of depressed behavior and poor emotional control and inhibition. For reasons not known, the same link was not seen in young children.

BPA has been in the news often in recent years. The chemical, bisphenol A, is used to make polycarbonate plastics. According to the CDC, “This type of plastic used to manufacture certain types of beverage containers, CDs, plastic tableware, safety equipment, impact resistant, automotive parts and toys. BPA epoxy resins used in coatings protection of food cans, in dental sealants, and other products. ”

The chemical is a known endocrine disruptor and low amounts of hormones can mimic a person’s own. Just last year, the Canadian government classified bisphenol A as toxic. The material can still be found in some children’s toys, as well as their food and drinks.

EMSL Analytical, a leading provider of consumer product testing, is one of the nation’s leading experts in product testing and environmental samples for BPA. “The overview of BPA at low levels usually comes from eating food or drinking water stored in containers that have BPA. Young children are likely more sensitive to exposure to BPA can also contact through hands to his mouth and direct oral contact with materials containing BPA “reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing for EMSL Analytical. “Fortunately, most manufacturers are labeling their products do not contain BPA and BPA. EMSL can help industry, public health agencies and governments in their efforts to identify the chemical in products and environmental samples” he continued.

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