Phthalates in late pregnancy lower IQ tested at age 7

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Phthalates in late pregnancy lower IQ tested at age 7

Postby kulkulkan » Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:40 pm

http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... -at-age-7/

Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals Tied to Lower IQ at Age 7
Children whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of phthalates, common chemicals in consumer products, in late pregnancy tend to score lower than other kids on intelligence tests at age 7
December 10, 2014
By Kathryn Doyle

(Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of phthalates, common chemicals in consumer products, in late pregnancy tend to score lower than other kids on intelligence tests at age seven, according to a new study.

Some soaps, nail polish, hairspray, shower curtains, raincoats, car interiors and dryer sheets contain phthalates, which are used as so-called plasticizers, or softening agents.

At present, the Food and Drug Administration does not have evidence that phthalates as used in cosmetics pose a safety risk, but six types of phthalates are currently banned from children’s toys, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

There are no regulations on a pregnant woman’s exposure to the chemicals, and phthalates are usually not labeled on products in the U.S.


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