Chemical in Plastics May Alter Boys’ Genitals Before Birth

 Chemical used in soft plastics may show signs of altered genital development, according to new research study, which included more than 700 infants in 4 U.S. cities, is the largest of its kind till date. It confirms earlier findings in humans and animals that exposure to certain types of chemicals called phthalates may lead to changes in the way the male reproductive system develops, said Dr. Russ Hauser, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, who was not included in the new study.

Phthalates is a large group of industrial chemicals used in a variety of consumer products, such as food packaging, flooring, perfumes and lotions.

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