Phthalates are endocrine disruptors used in plastics and as food additives. A recent study in Environmental toxicology and chemistry investigated whether prenatal exposure to phthalates in maternal and cord blood affects birth outcomes in infants.
The results of the study involving 65 mother-infant pairs suggest that phthalates have potential estrogenic effects in female infants and anti-androgenic effects in male infants. Additionally, higher levels of several different phthalates were associated with smaller head circumference in all infants.
“Following up study participants could help clarify the long-term impacts of phthalates on infant growth and health,” said corresponding author Pai-Shan Chen, PhD, of National Taiwan University. .
Link to the study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.5280
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