China Posted October 13, 2021 Share Posted October 13, 2021 (edited) Shocking study says chemicals found in shampoo, makeup may kill 100k Americans prematurely each year Exposure to a synthetic group of chemicals called phthalates may contribute to about 100,000 premature deaths each year among older Americans, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Pollution. Phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible and can be found in hundreds of products such as cosmetics, detergents, food packing, soaps, shampoos and others. The chemicals are known to interfere with the human body's hormonal system. Disruptions of the endocrine system have been linked to "developmental, reproductive, brain, immune, and other problems," according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The agency, however, notes assessing the potential health problems in humans related to phthalates has been difficult as people are exposed to multiple endocrine disruptors at the same time. But a new study led by researchers at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine estimates phthalates may be associated with somewhere between 91,000 and 107,000 premature deaths in the U.S. among adults ages 55 to 64. The study estimates the deaths could cost the country between $40 billion and $47 billion annually. Click on the link for the full article Edited October 19, 2021 by China 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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